Network Rail calls in ‘extreme weather action teams’ to keep trains moving across county and country
Rail passengers in South Holland have been reassured about the reliability and safety of services during the current heatwave.
Network Rail has announced that "extreme weather action teams" are now working to deal with its 20,000 miles of steel track that is likely to expand, with temperatures expected to top 38 degrees celsius (100 degrees fahrenheit) at about 3pm today (Thursday).
The hot weather could cause rail tracks to "buckle", leading to line closures whilst repairs are carried out.
Nick King, network services director at Network Rail said: "Keeping passengers safe and moving are our top priorities during this heatwave.
"That is why we sometimes have to put speed restrictions in place to prevent our rails from buckling, possibly derailing a train and causing huge delays.
"In some locations we may have to introduce speed restrictions during the hottest parts of the day as slower trains exert lower force on the track, reducing the likelihood of buckling.
Passengers should check before they travel by visiting their train operator’s website or National Rail Enquiries at https://www.nationalrail.co.uk
Mr King said: "Our teams work hard all year round to reduce minimise the disruption caused by hot weather.
"However, long periods without rain can mean the ground underneath the tracks dries out and shrinks, creating pothole-like cracks.
"Much like on the roads, trains cannot drive at full speed over these defects and have to slow down to keep passengers safe."