High-tech solution for ‘leaves on the line’ delays
Scientists from the University of Salford believe they might be able to railways of troublesome autumn foliage to make trains run even better this autumn.
Don’t leave your travel planning to the last minute – check our journey planner for cheap train tickets now.
The idea that ‘leaves on the line’ can be responsible for disrupting train timetables across the UK may have become a standing joke, but it’s a serious issue.
And it’s no laughing matter for commuters and holiday-makers left waiting on the platform.
Thankfully, falling foliage delays could become a thing of the past if Manchester-based boffins have anything to with it – making travelling by train an even easier option for everyone.
‘Leaves on the line’ is a modern problem – in the golden age of steam, railway sidings were always kept clear of trees and bushes to prevent fires, and the first generation of modern trains were fitted with brake blocks to stop debris from causing problems.
But brakes on today’s lightweight trains can become coated with leaves and twigs more easily.
The solution, according to Professor T X Mei – Head of Control and Mechatronics Studies at the University of Salford – and his team, could be to use a new system using sensors mounted on the trains, which can pass on real-time information and use Artificial Intelligence to counteract the problem.
If the scientists are correct, train travellers could be sitting back and enjoying autumn woodland views from their carriage windows in future – and spending less time watching leaves fall from the platform.
Rail travel is already becoming more and more popular – especially as people turn their backs on gridlocked roads and pricey petrol stations. But a reduction in the number of ‘leaves on the line’ delays could have even more people heading for the train.
And whether you’re travelling in autumn, winter, spring or summer, don’t forget to check our journey planner for cheap train tickets before you travel – you could make some serious savings, whatever the season.This entry was posted in News and tagged cheap train tickets, journey planner, rail travel, redspottedhanky.com, trains. Bookmark the permalink.