Trains between Stratford and Kidderminster to be cancelled on Monday due to hot tracks - The Stratford Observer
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10th Aug, 2022

Trains between Stratford and Kidderminster to be cancelled on Monday due to hot tracks

RAIL passengers travelling between Stratford and Kidderminster are being warned their trains could be cancelled on Monday (July 18) due to hot tracks

The announcement was made by West Midlands Railway as temperatures are predicted to reach above 30C next week.

The rail firm explained that high track temperatures meant fewer trains could run due to speed restrictions. As a result, some of the trains between Stratford in Warwickshire and Kidderminster in Worcestershire would be cancelled.

The disruption is expected to last until about 8pm, affecting services in both directions.

Passengers who were delayed would be compensated, the operator said.

Direct sunshine can cause steel rails to become 20C hotter than the air temperature, according to Network Rail.

Temporary speed restrictions are introduced during hot weather as slower trains put lower forces on the track and reduce risk of buckling.

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