Pump hire tackles crippling floods to preserve busy train timetable
The infrastructural impact of heavy weather on railway services can never be underestimated, with strong winds and flood water particularly disruptive. High volumes of rainfall can wash away ballast – the bed of stones that supports wooden sleepers – and potentially render the line unsafe until it has been re-laid.
Additionally, signalling points and other vital hardware rely on intricate wiring and power supplies to function effectively, and these become extremely vulnerable to failure when water levels become excessive. Flooding can even lead live conductor rails to short circuit, with obvious implications for both the service provider and would-be passengers.