Network Support - Snow Clearance
Have you ever wondered what it takes to keep the UKs rail network fully operational, even when there is the wrong kind of snow?
Behind the scenes DRS is diligently supporting Network Rail and their National Delivery Service (NDS) in keeping the rail network operational throughout the year.
In winter the challenges can be obvious. The start of 2013 provided an extreme example, with thick snow, deep drifts and unpredictable conditions, all of which requires a rapid response if services aren’t going to be severely disrupted.
When it comes to snow clearance, success requires a special blend of judgment and skill, but just as importantly real grit and commitment. Sometimes having the best equipment isn’t enough and shovels and real hard work are the only way to finish the job.
Route Control Manager - LNW North Route "It would be good if we could send a huge thanks to the two DRS lads on 1Z99 ISP (Independent Snow Plough train) this morning. Not only for their sterling ploughing efforts but the shovelling too. Not to mention the offer of going straight to clear the ice from the S&C tunnels after a long morning of back breaking work. It took a while, but when the ISP clears one road while simultaneously blocking the other with snow - what can you do but break the shovels out!"
“I am proud to say that we have proved our self by offering what is in effect a break the glass service to help Network Rail keep one of the world's busiest rail networks operational” Simon Metcalf, DRS Business Manager Network Rail.
Whether it is supporting scheduled works, or responding to floods, landslides and other emergency situations, the DRS ability to respond quickly to these critical situations is helping Network Rail achieve the highest possible service levels, come rain, shine or even when there’s lots and lots of snow.