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  • High winds

    How strong winds can cause delays - and what we're doing to reduce them

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  • High winds can blow debris, branches and trees from the trackside and from neighbouring land onto the track. If a train hits debris it can cause a derailment.

    Overhead power lines sway in high winds and can tangle around a train’s pantograph (the part connecting it to the overhead lines), pulling the lines down. When this occurs trains are unable to run and services may be re-routed.

    How we're reducing delays caused by high winds

    • Teams inspect the track on foot, removing dead and diseased trees and any vegetation from our land that is at risk of coming in to contact with the overhead power lines.
    • We are reducing the distance between supports for overhead power lines in areas prone to high winds.
    • When gusts of 60-69 mph or more are forecast, trains slow down to allow drivers time to stop if they see an obstruction.
    • When high winds are expected, a cross-industry Extreme Weather Action Team meets to agree a revised timetable which can be safely and reliably delivered.
  • Live travel updates

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  • Our performance

    Around 60% of passenger delays are attributed to us. As well as infrastructure faults, this includes delays caused by vandalism, cable theft, weather, trespass etc which account for approximately 20% of the total.

    Every four weeks we publish passenger train performance figures:

  • About delays

    Cartoon of train pulling into a station The common causes of delays - and what we're doing to reduce their frequency and impact: How we keep you updated when there's a delay: