On the Safety Requirements for Persons with Disabilities in Underground Infrastructures
The 2008 United Nation’s “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” states the fundamental rights of persons with disabilities, including “long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments”. One of the fundamental requirements to States Parties is the “the identification and elimination of obstacles and barriers to accessibility”, including “buildings, roads, transportation and other indoor and outdoor facilities”. This paper focuses on the fundamental issues related to the accessibility to underground infrastructures in general and safety requirements (e.g. in case of fire) in particular. The main focus is on safety requirements on underground transport infrastructures, such as roads, rail and metro tunnels.