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TranSAFE-Alp


“The Alpine transport network is also very vulnerable in terms of safety”


The aim of the project was to improve transnational emergency coordination


very sensitive area: a natural barrier with limitations in re- routeing possibilities and, at the same time, a critical hub for the flow of people and goods served by key trans-European transport corridors which are experiencing a rapid increase in mobility demand. Beyond this, the Alpine transport network is also very


vulnerable in terms of safety: natural hazards like land- slides, floods and avalanches are constant and unpredict- able threats, while the massive presence of tunnels and the complex geometry of road infrastructures make the entire network dangerously exposed to accidents and the afore- mentioned natural hazards. Considering that more than 1.8m tons of goods per year cross the Alps between the Italian and the Austrian border, what will be the long-term consequences of the closure of a key element of the transport infrastructure? In order to avoid the harsh consequences of such an event, the TranSAFE-Alp consortium has performed


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a thorough scenario analysis aimed at developing a shared interregional strategy defining innovative solutions for emergency procedures.


CAPITALISATION: THE SHARING OF RISKS, RESPONSIBILITIES AND TOOLS One of the most challenging task of the TranSAFE-Alp project was to set-up a common vulnerability framework on high risk motorways and road sections based on data collec- tion, the current procedures and responsible organizations for traffic management and emergency deployment. According to the capitalisation value of the project, meta-


data sets should be provided by existing databases, archives, implemented projects and case studies. The main result of this task is a joint vulnerability assessment that clustered origin/destination matrices and traffic volumes of the whole Alpine road network (collected by Alpcheck2 project – also


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