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EU to support important safety provisions in the Maastricht urban highway tunnel

Creation date: January 21, 2013

The European Union will provide co-financing of €5 million from the TEN-T Programme for a project to implement important safety provisions to the on-going implementation of the E25/A2 urban highway tunnel in Maastricht, The Netherlands. The project will help to ensure the highest standards of tunnel safety and security.


The project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call, will develop several safety measures around the E25/A2 urban tunnel, including the construction of a firehouse near the south entrance of the tunnel, the construction of two escape tubes in the tunnel and the construction of foot and bicycle paths and bridges. The project also includes the construction of a connection with the railway station and inland water ports in Maastricht.


The Maastricht urban highway tunnel will remove an important bottleneck in the heavy north-south freight transit between Aachen and Liège, through which goods travel to/from the largest ports in Europe – Rotterdam and Antwerp. The two-level double tube tunnel will increase road capacity and will facilitate lower carbon inter-modal connection of the biggest inland ports in The Netherlands (Maasbracht and Born) and in Belgium (Liège).


The project is set to be completed by December 2014.


For more information, please consult the project's page!