Why is it important for track workers to have good access to the track?
You may remember that we mentioned a while ago in one of our previous blogs that improved trackside access points means a quicker response to railway faults. This brief phrase really came into play in late February when we had three big storms in 5 days which no doubt, we all remember how much chaos, major disruption and damage these three storms caused the country. Most of us have probably seen the pictures that Network Rail have posted over their social media such as LinkedIn and YouTube of the destruction that these storms caused from debris and vegetation blown onto the track and damaged overhead lines to flying roofs.
So how does this link with good access to track? Well, good access it means that our track workers can get onto the track safely and remove any obstacles or debris that maybe blocking the track. Good access to the track also enables our track workers to be able to safely carry out any damage repairs to the track or any maintenance or checks to any overhead equipment etc. This then can result in less disruption meaning that there will potentially be less track closures and delays.
Take a look at the pictures below from Network Rail of the damage and chaos that the storms caused across the country in the rail industry.