Winter planning for key rail line

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SHEFFIELD to London rail operator East Midlands Trains has announced improved winter contingency measures in case of severe snow disrupting services.

The company said it was ‘better prepared than ever before’ to deal with severe weather after last year’s harsh winter. The new measures include improved customer communication, better contingency timetables and technical work to help trains handle extreme conditions.

A new dedicated Twitter feed has been set up to give passengers service updates and improved information screens are being installed at stations. Meanwhile, a special anti-freeze that can withstand temperatures as low as -28C will be used in on-train coolant systems.