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Eurotunnel told to make improvements following tunnel fire

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Eurotunnel told to improve safety following Chunnel fire



Eurotunnel has been given 39 recommendations to improve safety in response to the fire that ripped through the Channel Tunnel two years ago.

More than 100 firefighters spent about 16 hours battling the blaze on September 11, 2008, which broke out on a lorry on the shuttle service between Calais and Folkestone.

The matter was referred to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch and its French counterpart the Bureau d'EnquĂȘtes sur les Accidents de Transport Terrestre, which have today published a report of their findings.

It identifies issues in a number of areas including the evacuation procedure, delays in starting the firefighting operation, failure of some of the onboard equipment, telecommunications failure, the functioning of the Eurotunnel control centre, and problems within the safety management system.

The recommendations are aimed at rectifying the issues raised, with seven addressed jointly to Eurotunnel and one or more of the emergency services.

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