An analysis of the 1996 Channel Tunnel fire

Jaime Santos-Reyes*, Alan N. Beard

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    On 18 November 1996, a fire on Heavy Goods Vehicle shuttle No. ‘7539’, travelling from France to England, forced the train to stop at about 19 km from the French entrance. This paper presents the results of an analysis of the accident. The analysis covers the incident train’s journey from the French terminal until it stopped in-tunnel only. The approach has been to use a tunnel fire safety management system model as a ‘template’ for comparison with the ‘system’ at the time of the tunnel fire. Some findings have been highlighted. The model is intended to represent a ‘systemic’ approach to tunnel fire safety management.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)850-876
    Number of pages27
    JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit
    Issue number8
    Early online date4 May 2016
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2017


    • Accident
    • Channel Tunnel
    • fire
    • tunnel fire safety management system model

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Mechanical Engineering


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