Spirit FM – News – WATCH: Rail crews work to combat ‘leaves on the line’ in Sussex
The company which maintains Britain’s railways has announced a campaign with Govia Thameslink Railway – owners of Southern and Thameslink – to reduce their impact on services this autumn.
Crews will be working to clear 50 million leaves from the line this autumn, as well as jet-washing 183,000 miles of track in the south east – that’s the equivalent of seven times around Earth.
John Halsall, Network Rail’s managing director for the South East, said that they couldn’t risk the safety of passengers by driving trains at full speed with leaves on the line – which he compared to drivers accelerating over black ice on the roads.
“Leaves on the line are no joke.
“As leaves fall on the rails they can get compacted under the weight of trains and form a smooth and slippery layer, causing trains to lose grip.
“Therefore, train drivers, much like when we drive in snow on the roads, need more time to start and stop. Spirit FM – News – WATCH: Rail crews work to combat ‘leaves on the line’ in Sussex