Alpine Initiative puts forward proposals on Swiss tunnel safety

The Alpine Initiative interest group said Thursday building a second tunnel through the Gotthard mountain would reduce rather than improve safety. The group put forward its proposals at a news conference in Berne.

This content was published on July 8, 1999 - 14:34

The Alpine Initiative interest group said Thursday building a second tunnel through the Gotthard mountain would reduce rather than improve safety. The group put forward its proposals at a news conference in Berne.

The director of the Alpine Initiative Alf Arnold Rosenkranz accused certain groups of trying to make political capital out of the recent fires in the Mont Blanc tunnel in France and the Tauern tunnel in Austria. Rosenkranz said some politicians were trying to use the accidents as arguments to expand the Gotthard tunnel (picture), which links northern and southern Switzerland.

The group said adding a second tunnel would increase the risk of traffic accidents and instead proposed a short-term solution of lowering speed limits and introducing greater distances between vehicles to improve safety.

The Alpine Initiative has long advocated a shift from road to railway use. This, argues the group, would not only step up safety for drivers but for nearby residents as well.


From staff with wires

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