Posted: Sat 29th Oct 2016

Trains to Bidston from Shotton cancelled due to slippy rails.

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Saturday, Oct 29th, 2016


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Arriva Train Wales cancelled services to Bidston from Shotton due to the slippy rails.

Update: The service has now resumed as normal.

Original information below…

Services from Wrexham to Bidston will terminate at Shotton due to the seasonal slippy rail hazard usually associated with falling leaves on to train tracks.

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Trains will be started from Shotton High Level but will no longer call at Bidston, Upton, Heswall and Neston Arriva Trains Wales website says.

Buses will run from Shotton to Bidston.

There no information as to when normal service will resume.

Further Information from Arriva:

If your train journey has been delayed you may be entitled to compensation. Please keep your ticket to accompany any claim. For more information please visit Arriva where you can claim online, or pick up a form from your nearest ticket office.

Fallen leaves stick to damp rails and passing trains compress them into a slippery layer that reduces grip

Britain’s 30,000 hectares of railway land are home to millions of trees, bushes and other plants. A mature tree has between 10,000 and 50,000 leaves and each autumn thousands of tonnes of leaves fall onto railway lines across the country.

Compressed by passing trains, the leaves create a thin, Teflon-like layer on the rails, so train drivers have to brake earlier when approaching stations and signals to avoid overshooting and accelerate more gently to avoid wheel spin.

Leaf mulch can also insulate trains from the rails with the result that our signalling system, which uses electric currents in the track to locate trains, becomes less accurate. To maintain safety, longer gaps must be left between trains, leading to delays.

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