Network Rail, Newcastle University, the Met Office and MetDesk, have teamed up on a Weather Academy pilot programme which aims to identify ways of delivering safer, more reliable train services in Britain during adverse weather.
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Aerial drones and specialist trains will be used to wash leaf debris from UK main lines during the Autumn.
Following severe storms and flooding in early 2022, Network Rail and partners have successfully completed an extreme weather resilience project to minimise future delays and disruption on the Cambrian Line in Wales.
Network Rail has relased drone footage showing the extent of flooding to railway tracks in east Manchester. Watch the video footage here.
With instances of extreme weather increasing at an alarming rate, Nick Tune, Digital Engineering Director – Atkins, a member of SNC-Lavalin Group, explains how the digital twin will be a useful tool for protecting railway infrastructure against the extreme conditions caused by climate change.
After starting work in February 2022, Network Rail have now completed a £1.8 million improvement programme on the Mallaig Line.
With an extreme heatwave forecast from 17 July onwards, Network Rail will be using innovative technology to ensure passengers journeys are minimally disrupted.
Network Rail have begun work to install 10,000 tonnes of rock armour alongside a stretch of the Cambrian Line to make it more resilient and reliable.
Network Rail are using the hi-tech weather stations during hot weather to reduce rail delays and the risk of damage.
The NJ TRANSIT Board have approved two major contracts, advancing projects to restore rail service to Sussex County and create a safe haven for rail cars in severe weather events.
Mark Fielding-Smith, Client Director, Digital Rail at Atkins, explains how they have supported Network Rail’s National Aerial Survey and how this helps the infrastructure manager utilise data and take digital twin benefits to new heights.
Network Rail will invest an extra £2 million into the railway line when it reopens to further improve its resilience after recent storm damage.
Network Rail engineers are working on extensive repairs to the Cambrian line, after devastating flash flooding caused by the storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin.
Network Rail is trialling a tilt metre monitoring system to warn of earth movements, allowing them to better manage risks to passengers.
The construction of a new sea wall, attempting to prevent further damage on the South Devon coastline, is progressing well and having a positive effect on the local community of Dawlish and their railway.