Channel Tunnel Safety Authority
The Channel Tunnel Safety Authority is an international regulatory body responsible for safety in the Channel Tunnel
Channel Tunnel
The Channel Tunnel is a undersea rail tunnel linking Folkestone, Kent in the United Kingdom with Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais near Calais in northern France beneath the English Channel at the Strait of Dover. At its lowest point, it is deep...


The CTSA was established by the Treaty of Canterbury
Treaty of Canterbury
The Treaty of Canterbury was signed by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and French President François Mitterrand on 12 February 1986, and is the original document providing for the existing undersea tunnel between the two countries. The treaty is significant and unusual because it is a...

. It advises the Intergovernmental Commission on safety matters, and ensures that safety rules in the Channel Tunnel are in line with prevailing safety laws.

The CTSA has five members from France
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...

, and five from the UK
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

; leadership alternates annually.

After safety rule changes which would permit Eurostar
Eurostar is a high-speed railway service connecting London with Paris and Brussels. All its trains traverse the Channel Tunnel between England and France, owned and operated separately by Eurotunnel....

 to use German-made Siemens Velaro
Siemens Velaro
Siemens Velaro is a family of high-speed EMU trains used in Europe and China. The Velaro is based on Deutsche Bahn's ICE 3 high-speed trains, but is a full Siemens product unlike the ICE 3 which involved other manufacturers....

 rolling stock, the French government dismissed their delegate to the CTSA, and brought in a replacement.

See Also

  • European Railway Agency
    European Railway Agency
    The European Railway Agency is one of the agencies of the European Union. The decision to set up the agency was made in April 2004. The agency has two main sites, both in Nord Department, France...

  • 2008 Channel Tunnel fire
    2008 Channel Tunnel fire
    The 2008 Channel Tunnel fire occurred on 11 September 2008 in the Channel Tunnel. The incident involved a France-bound Eurotunnel Shuttle train carrying heavy goods vehicles and their drivers....

  • 1996 Channel Tunnel fire

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