NI Rail Leaf Solution

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A solution to the dreaded leaves on the line cancellation problem has been found by Northern Ireland Translink.

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Translink have invested in a simple solution which is a special train which uses water jets to disperse any leaves or fallen debris then sprays material on the lines preventing train slippage.

Train drivers will receive training in how to deal with this type of incident as the fallen leaves can be similar to the equivalent of black ice on our roads.

The current spend on achieving a clear railway track is around £450,000 per annum to keep the Irish train tracks from becoming blocked. The new train cost £4 millions pounds so will become cost effect in around 8 years.