Seasonal changes can have an impact on rail conditions, sometimes affecting how we run our trains. This autumn, we're working with Network Rail to reduce the impact leaf fall can have on our services, so that we can keep you moving safely.
What's the problem with leaves?
Leaves on the line can cause the same problems for trains as black ice on the road does for cars. When trains pass over leaves, they are compacted and form a smooth, slippery layer on the rails, reducing the grip the trains wheels have on the track. So that we can continue to operate a safe railway our drivers need to brake more gradually. This means that your journey may take longer than usual.
What are we doing about it?
- Train times on the following routes will change between 6 October and 14 December (downloadable PDFs):
- Ensuring that drivers are trained to deal with the effects leaf fall can have on rail track conditions
- We’ve identified high risk areas of our route and are targeting our efforts on them to ensure good rail conditions
- Network Rail will use 9 Multi-Purpose Vehicles for track cleaning on our route, conducting more than 800 cleaning runs this autumn to maintain good running conditions
Network Rail also have additional ice and snow treatment trains on standby which can be called in to help if early frosting starts affecting infrastructure.
Working in partnership with Network Rail, we'll ensure we get you moving as quickly and as safely as possible this autumn.