London Tramlink service at East Croydon station.

UK: Weather and climate resilience guidance for light rail operators has been developed by the Light Rail Safety & Standards Board.

The LRG37 Weather & Climate Resilience document produced in partnership with an operators’ working group led by industry association UKTram highlights the impact of severe weather on tramway operations, and how planning ahead can help mitigate against extreme hot and cold temperatures, high rainfall or drought, fog, lightning, high winds or snow.

‘Managing the impact of seasonal weather means anticipating potential problems for staff and passengers but also for members of the public’, said UKTram Operations Manager Steve Duckering on February 14.

‘Our guidance highlights the need for every light rail system to set out an extreme weather management Plan so that operators can respond quickly and effectively to the different challenges that they face from adverse weather of all kinds.’