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As we all know, during autumn, fallen leaves cause very challenging driving conditions for trains. The leaves are pressed on to the tracks, creating a Teflon-like coating which causes the lines to become slippery in a similar way to black ice on the roads.
TPE Operations Director, Paul Watson said:
“We’ve taken the opportunity to slightly amend our timetable this autumn in order to make sure our service is as reliable as possible for customers.
“It may sound like a joke – leaves causing a problem for our huge and heavy trains but the residue created by squashed leaves leads to very difficult driving conditions which can affect the way we operate, much like driving on black ice and we all know how tricky that can be. This is why some of our trains have to slow down. Ensuring customers arrive safely to their destination is our first priority even if this means they may be a few minutes late in some cases.
“To try and minimise the impact these conditions have on our services we have slightly amended our train plan in some areas that we know are hotspots for us. I would encourage regular customers to check their journeys prior to the 24 October to ensure that they have the correct train times.”