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ADAC tunnel test – four tubes are questionable

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Test loser: The Hvalfjorður tunnel in Iceland north of Reykjavik only achieved the grade in the current ADAC test "inadequate". Although the tube is only 12 years old, it is urgently in need of renovation according to ADAC.

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The Birth tunnel near Velbert in North Rhine-Westphalia receives the verdict "dubious". Dark lanes in dark tubes, no video surveillance and no escape route signsThese are just some of the shortcomings in the 25-year-old Birth tunnel on the A44.

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The Richard Strauss Tunnel in Munich receives the verdict "very good".

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The Lohberg tunnel in Muhltal / Nieder-Ramstadt near Darmstadt was also given the grade by the testers "very good" excellent.

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Test winner: According to ADAC, the newly opened duplex tunnel on the A86 near Paris "almost a role model in terms of safety".

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In the current ADAC tunnel test, four tubes in Europe fall as "dubious" through – one of them is in Germany.

Ve out of a total of 26 tunnels tested received the red card in the ADAC test. Three of them fail with the judgment “questionable”, the loser in the test in Iceland even with “unsatisfactory”. That is the result of the current ADAC tunnel test that the automobile club carried out together with its partner clubs in 13 European countries.

Three quarters of the tubes passed the test: 16 times it was rated “very good” and four times “good”. Two more tunnels received a "sufficient" rating. The test winner comes from France. The newly opened duplex tunnel on the A86 near Paris is a role model in terms of safety. Far from here is the only twelve-year-old Hvalfjorður tunnel in Iceland north of Reykjavik. The loser in the test is well behind the European minimum standards in terms of safety and is in urgent need of renovation.

A total of three tunnels were tested in Germany. Dark lanes in dark tubes, no video surveillance and a lack of escape route signs are just some of the shortcomings in the 25-year-old Birth tunnel on the A 44 near Velbert. The tube in North Rhine-Westphalia therefore received the ADAC judgment "questionable". It must be made ready for the future immediately. The Lohberg Tunnel near Darmstadt and the Richard Strauss Tunnel in Munich show what contemporary tunnels look like. Both convince with "very good".

The positive trend in this year’s test confirms that Europe’s tubes are becoming increasingly safer. New or already refurbished tunnels almost always get good grades, old or not yet modernized tubes get bad ratings. According to the ADAC, persistent efforts are therefore required so that motorists across Europe can feel safe in the tunnel.

The automobile club calls for the EU retrofitting directive to be implemented consistently by 2014. This also applies to the domestic tubes, in the modernization and safety of which around 800 million euros are to be invested by then. Three repeatedly tested tunnels in Austria and France prove that retrofitting programs are successful. After the modernization, the ADAC judgment is now "very good" for everyone.

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