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​Moisture on the rail can mix with the film produced by 'leaves on the line' or other contaminants such as rust or grease, to cause low adhesion conditions. Industry works hard to manage and reduce loss of adhesion. While the level of low adhesion experienced in autumn is particularly severe, low adhesion can occur at any time of year and can result in significant disruptions to passenger journeys. In response to this adhesion challenge, we have developed a multi-faceted programme that encompasses fundamental research, tactical enhancements to existing solutions and opportunities to use novel solutions.

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Driver behaviours

The way that drivers react to the challenge of low adhesion conditions in autumn can be a significant factor in whether services run safely and to time.

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Improving ways of forecasting adhesion conditions could result in fewer disruptions and safety related incidents.

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Railhead cleaning

A better understanding of the benefits of rail cleaning and treatment methods, and new technologies and approaches, could help keep services running.

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Fundamental science and modelling

Fundamental research into the science behind low adhesion has a critical role to play in ensuring the industry can respond to this complex challenge.

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Paul Gray

Tel: 020 3142 5602