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Motorway emergency phones to be replaced

20.07.2015 From our online archive
Emergency call stations along Luxembourg's motorways are being replaced with newer models, with most of the existing phones no longer operational.

(CS/hpl) Emergency call stations along Luxembourg's motorways are being replaced with newer models, with most of the existing phones no longer operational.

While the necessity of the phones may be questioned in light of the widespread proliferation of mobile devices, they can nonetheless come in handy. Not only do they work even when mobile phone batteries are empty, but they also allow emergency services to locate the caller and send help to the right place.

There are around 150 emergency call stations – one every two kilometres – with additional phones being installed along the new stretch of the A7 motorway.

However, most of the phones installed along Luxembourg's motorways don't actually work and many can be spotted covered in blue tarp. The main problem are old copper wires connecting the phones to the network that have eroded.

Starting this week, new, wireless emergency call stations will be set up to replace the older models. Additionally, they will be equipped with solar panels.

As before, they will establish contact to the 112 emergency hotline, sending the location of the phone with the call information.