Autumn Weather Conditions

Thousands of tonnes of leaves fall onto railway lines every autumn, and we work hard to minimise the disruption they cause for passengers. We are expecting poor rail conditions across the South Western Railway network. This is likely to have an impact on our train services and may cause delays and alterations to train services.

What is poor rail adhesion/poor rail head conditions?
Why does this cause delays?
Why are conditions expected to be worse than usual in the coming days?
What is being done to clear tracks and reduce delays?
To check if your journey is affected please visit our journey check page.