Kennedy Rail Tunnel –
new Fire Protection Measures

The Kennedy rail tunnel running beneath the Schelde to the south of Antwerp was built in 1969 for the Antwerp-Gent link. Owing to enhanced safety measures, which have since been introduced, the tunnel walls and ceiling are to be provided with a fireproof coating as additional protection in the case of fire: as a result the tunnel walls will first be affected after two hours at a temperature of 1500 °C. In addition, further safety measures have been foreseen such as extinguishing water lines, emergency lighting, video monitoring, stairways and an evacuation shaft. The responsible Belgian...

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