As climate change continues to make extreme weather events more frequent and intense, new guidance has been published to help light rail operators respond to severe conditions.
Published by the Light Rail Safety and Standards Board, the guidance has been developed in partnership with members of an Operators’ working group led by the sector’s representative organisation, UKTram.
It highlights the impact of severe weather on tramway operations, and how pre-planning can help mitigate against extreme hot and cold temperatures as well high rainfall or drought, fog, lightning, high winds or snow.
Steve Duckering, UKTram Operations Manager said: “Managing the impact of seasonal weather means anticipating potential problems for staff and passengers but also for members of the public in the vicinity of Light Rail networks.
“Our guidance highlights the need for every Light Rail system to set out an Extreme Weather Management Plan (EWMP) so that operators can respond quickly and effectively to the different challenges that they face from adverse weather of all kinds.”
The full guidance, entitled LRG 37.0 – Weather and Climate Resilience, can be downloaded here.
“We can’t do anything to change the weather, but we can make sure that we have contingency plans in place to make Light Rail networks as safe and resilient as is humanly possible,” Steve added.