27 November 2013 - As winter weather starts to make its presence felt across the UK, Met Office services help keep railways running efficiently and to time.
The recent 'St Jude's Day' Storm (Oct 28th) shows how we need to prepare for all types of winter weather and the challenges it brings. The storm's high winds had an impact on the rail industry, damaging overhead cabling, rail assets and depositing storm debris on railway lines in its path.
High winds and saturated ground cause impacts as severe as ice on the tracks or snowdrifts during the winter, and accurate forecasts and live data help the rail industry to focus their resources and keep key lines and stations open.
Robin Gisby, Managing Director of Network Rail Operations, said: "The information provided by the Met Office meant we were able to plan and effectively deploy staff ahead of the storm.
"Workers were in the right place to clear 250 fallen trees, move debris from tracks and repair several miles of overhead lines across Southern England. This meant that 99 percent of the rail network was open and running to normal timetables just a day after the storm."
This is not the only service that the Met Office provides to the rail industry in the UK. Rail customers benefit from a number of cutting-edge services aimed at keeping railways running efficiently and to time:
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Last updated: 4 December 2013