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With thousands of tonnes of leaves set to fall on the railway this autumn, we’re working hard to reduce delays and keep passengers moving.
Leaves on the line – an annual cause of delays for rail passengers – pose problems for the railway. They stick to damp rails and passing trains compress them into a thin, black layer on the rail which – much like black ice on the roads – can affect train braking and acceleration.
This means train drivers must slow down earlier for stations and signals to avoid overshooting them. They must also accelerate more gently to avoid wheel spin. All this can increase journey time and lead to delays for passengers.
Watch this video to find out more:
How do we try to keep the railway clear during autumn?
Our seasonal preparation programme includes multiple measures:
Seasonal track treatment and weather support vehicles
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