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Leaves on the line & low rail adhesion

11 November 2013

Leaves on the line & low rail adhesion

"We apologise for the delay – this is due to slipping caused by leaves on the line.” It’s the announcement that causes eyes to roll, and heads to shake in disbelief.

But, come October, it’s a problem that this and every other railway has to face, and as the railway’s least favourite ‘season’ is underway, we thought it would be helpful for customers to explain how exactly ‘a few leaves’ can cause hundreds of tonnes of train to be delayed. For more information and preventative measures we have put in place, go to our 'Leaves on the Line' section.