Metro bosses invest £100,000 to stop trains sliding on the tracks

Metro train at Pallion Station
Metro train at Pallion Station
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METRO bosses are investing £100,000 to stop train wheels sliding on the tracks.

Commuters were hit by unusually-high delays last autumn, some of which were caused by “low rail adhesion”, which is brought on by leaf fall on to wet Metro rails.

Nexus, which owns and manages the system, is using the cash to clear trackside vegetation across the system in a bid to stop it happening again.

The extra resources will be ploughed into cutting back more trees and shrubbery next to Metro lines.

Nexus said they already have a robust programme of vegetation clearance, but even more resources are being pumped into it between now and the end of March.

Later this year Nexus will unveil a new £2millon rail tamping vehicle, which will be able to treat larger sections of rail affected by low rail adhesion, more quickly and effectively.

Nexus’s director of rail and infrastructure, Raymond Johnstone, said: “The extra work will hopefully prevent a repeat of the issues we had during October and November of last year.

“These delays were a huge frustration for Nexus and for Metro customers and we have responded to ensure that we don’t see a repeat of the problem in 2014.”