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It is the announcement which fills commuters with dread every autumn, but now it could finally be the end of the line for leaves on the track.
Tests have shown that by using devices to blast sand onto the track as the train moves slipping can be prevented and the stopping distances on trains can be brought in line with those on a clean, dry rails.
The new devices, which are able to adjust the amount of sand they spray onto the tracks depending on how fast the train is going, are being piloted by three operators this year and could be rolled out across the network by next autumn.
The perennial problem is estimated to cost the industry and passengers more than £300m per year and is responsible...
This article first appeared on www.telegraph.co.uk
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