Network Rail 'preparing for impact of climate change'

Published on Tuesday, 01 February 2011 14:19
Posted by Scott Buckler

Preparations are being made to ensure train services in the UK keep running despite the effects of climate change


In a report by Network Rail, the organisation points to an adaptation strategy that is already in place and future plans include an impact analysis study and modelling tool in the field.

Published by Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the document identifies risks such as growing potential for flooding of tracks, depots and stations, high temperatures causing buckling of tracks and severe weather disrupting maintenance.

The study is one in a series of reports by seven organisations on the request of Defra, including the Highways Agency and National Grid, examining how the UK's infrastructure will cope with the impacts of climate change.

Environment minister Lord Henley declared it is "crucial" for such agencies to be aware of the risks posed by global warming and to prepare for eventualities.

Speaking during a visit to sea defences protecting railway line in Devon, he added: "Business as usual is not an option and planning now will prevent a lot of expense down the line when the projections of climate change become a reality."

Infrastructure group Network Rail assumed responsibility for running Britain's train network in October 2002.

Source: ©CILT UK

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