TfL employs RATs to tackle adhesion problems

Two new Rail Adhesion Trains (RATs) have been launched by Transport for London, to tackle leaf fall that has caused delays and disruption on the Piccadilly Line over the past two years.

Two 1973-Stock trains have been converted, and will be used on the route applying sandite.

As part of the launch, TfL is carrying out its most intensive trackside vegetation clearance programme to date, which it says is close to completion.

It is also securing access to more detailed weather prediction data, to enable a quicker response to changing leaf fall conditions and aid the decision on when the RATs are deployed. 

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