Tunnel blaze `preventable’

A low-cost automatic fire detection system developed by the nuclear industry could have prevented last November’s Channel Tunnel fire, its designers claim. The system, developed by Magnox Electric, uses closed circuit TV linked to motion detection software to spot the early stages of fires. Designed to monitor large turbine halls, it could equally be used […]

A low-cost automatic fire detection system developed by the nuclear industry could have prevented last November’s Channel Tunnel fire, its designers claim.

The system, developed by Magnox Electric, uses closed circuit TV linked to motion detection software to spot the early stages of fires. Designed to monitor large turbine halls, it could equally be used on rail marshalling yards.

The French inquiry into the blaze is expected to conclude this week that the fire was caused by arson.

Deputy prime minister John Prescott is said to be against resuming freight services using open sided wagons, but Eurotunnel says it wants to keep the wagons.

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