A spokesman for parent company Govia Thameslink Railway, which is led by Charles Horton, said: "During the leaf-fall period, with challenging, slippery rail
conditions, trains take longer to reach destinations, leading to congestion, cancellations and delays.
It has now connected a Japanese-built train running in Hong Kong with its Automatic Sander system, which effectively reduces stopping distances under slippery rail
conditions by introducing sand between the wheels and the rail, in an initial order worth pounds 75,000, also including design and trials.
One example of this is investment of more than PS300,000 this year to combat the slippery rail
conditions which slow down trains during autumn.
The driver, who was unfit to continue the journey, blamed slippery rail
And they were shocked when station staff told them slippery rails
were to blame, causing the driver to misjudge his braking distance into the station.
Now Merseyrail says the delays have been caused by slippery rails
"caused by leaf fall", as well as by the fact that trains are busier because of the Lime Street closure.
Spokesman Slippery rails
caused delays on several routes, while there were also problems with train faults and emergency cords being pulled.
Drivers are trained using simulators before the autumn season to improve their skills at dealing with slippery rails
Contract notice: Rural - delivery of friction modifier to prevent slippery rails
Rail users on the Wrexham to Bidston line faced delays and cancellations as trains ran at a reduced speed due to slippery rails
This reflects investment in new speed-trap devices which apply the brakes automatically where necessary, as well as action to highlight the risks of slippery rails
and other problems to staff.
com/leaffall Rain delays TRAIN services were delayed by slippery rails
as heavy overnight rain sparked chaos on yesterday morning's commute.