To ask the Minister for Transport if he has satisfied himself regarding safety at the Dublin Port Tunnel, particularly in view of the recent collapse of the Barcelona Tunnel which caused 1000 homes to be damaged and the accident at the Jack Lynch Tunnel, Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 1st March, 2005.
Ref No: 6592/05
Answered by the Minister for Transport (Martin Cullen)
Safety issues at the Dublin Port Tunnel are matters for the Contractor, Dublin City Council, and the National Roads Authority (NRA).
I understand from the NRA that a safety audit of the project confirms that the Dublin Port Tunnel complies in all respects with the requirements of the proposed EU Directive on Safety in Road Tunnels.
In supervising the design and construction of both the Dublin Port and Jack Lynch Tunnels, the NRA have been fully cognizant of the need to ensure the highest standard of safety provision and has taken account of the most up-to-date standards and guidance in each tunnel project.
It should be noted that the recent incident at the Jack Lynch Tunnel resulted from an oversized vehicle entering the tunnel and breaching the tunnels height safety guidelines.