Network Rail’s inaugural Weather Academy workshop brought together operations staff, asset engineers and meteorology experts to identify ways of delivering a safer, more reliable service during adverse and extreme weather.
To run the pilot Weather Academy workshop, NR teamed up with Newcastle University, the Met Office and MetDesk.
It is the latest proactive following the fatal derailment at Carmont in August 2020, caused by a landslip following heavy rain. More recently, a landslip at Honiton closed the Salisbury-Exeter line, while NR also closed routes in Scotland after heavy deluges.
The workshop entailed NR working with industry experts to empower railway staff with the right knowledge to improve mitigation against the impacts of adverse weather, so that trains can continue to run safely and reliably.
At its first session, NR staff worked through practical case studies and interactive tuition and scenario-based exercises to improve the management of weather risks. Further workshops are being planned for 2023.
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