As the cold mornings draw in and the leaves start to brown, Network Rail is busily preparing its 61 leaf-busting trains to keep passengers moving safely over autumn.

Passengers expect and deserve a reliable, punctual train service, which is why this autumn, Network Rail and its train operating colleagues will be working flat out – preparing specialist equipment and undertaking specialist driver training – to better cope with the annual blight of ‘leaves on the line’ – the railway’s equivalent of black ice on the roads.

Nick King, network services director at Network Rail, said: “Leaves on the line is a well-known issue on railways across the world. Our leaf-busting trains and highly-trained frontline teams will be working around the clock over the next few months to keep the tracks clear and rail services running.
“Even with these plans in place, on some particularly autumnal days it will be a challenge to operate the railway as punctually as we would want to. I would like to thank passengers for their patience and understanding while our staff work to keep them moving safely and reliably this autumn.”