A lineside fire on the ECML

Britain faces decades of climate disruption says minister in the hot seat

A lineside fire on the ECML in summer 2022 Network Rail

This week’s heatwave has put pressure on UK infrastructure like never before. The unprecedented closure of the East Coast Main Line, in the face of temperatures more akin to Spain than Stevenage, was the headline event that brought home the message. Especially to the transport secretary, Grant Shapps. Britain’s transport infrastructure is twentieth century at best, and unable to cope with the pressures faced in the twenty-first.

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Author: Simon Walton

Simon Walton is UK correspondent for RailTech.com and Railfreight.com

1 comment op “Britain faces decades of climate disruption says minister in the hot seat”

bönström bönström|20.07.22|10:52

Rail investments yes, but timely, high quality! Quantity, without a goal, spent on current, standard, regrettably, is devastating, cements.
(Global devices, by air and by sea, as well the on road device, decisively, add load capacity, simply with goal lower costs…
At lower costs, track charge can be reduced and utilisation is gained, etc., etc.)
A robust and resilient, high quality track resists. (70 kip, safely allowed axial load, now is a min. Electrification, yes, but a timely, etc., etc.)

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