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Costly operation to make sure our trains are on track

Editor's Viewpoint

At one time the wrong kind of snow was blamed for disruption on Britain's railway lines. In Northern Ireland, it is leaves on the rails that can cause services to be thrown into disarray and is now costing £450,000 a year to combat. Heavy leaf falls are blamed for slowing down journey times.

The problem with leaves has been compared to the threat posed by black ice on the roads. Having to buy specialist cleaning equipment, get special weather forecasts on areas with the heaviest leaf falls and have early tree and hedge cutting are some preventative measures being undertaken.

It's enough to drive anyone off the rails.

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