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The effects of weather are a challenge for Britain's railway, and weather conditions can severely impact the day-to-day running of train services.

Rain can result in flooding and damage infrastructure such as bridges, lineside equipment and the track, for example – or lead to landslips – while rail can buckle and overhead lines sag in summer heat. Autumn leaf fall causes operational problems for the signalling system and reduces trains' grip, which can change the ability of a train to start from a station, accelerate and climb hills or stop at stations or signals.

 

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