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Could this be the end of commuter misery during heatwaves?

PUBLISHED: 12:16 01 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:16 01 July 2018

Could this end summer rail misery for commuters in Suffolk? Picture: ARCHANT

Could this end summer rail misery for commuters in Suffolk? Picture: ARCHANT

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As forecasters warn of another hot week in Suffolk, Greater Anglia have revealed they are working with Network Rail to reduce delays caused by rising temperatures.

Forecasters are expecting another hot week - one-year-old Mabel Clark digging with her spade on Felixstowe Beach Picture: STEPHEN WALLERForecasters are expecting another hot week - one-year-old Mabel Clark digging with her spade on Felixstowe Beach Picture: STEPHEN WALLER

Forecasters Weatherquest said Suffolk and north Essex should see plenty of sunny skies in the week to come – with highs of 26C and 27C.

The region is set to bask in another batch of glorioius weather this week.

Jim Bacon, from Weatherquest, said the chance of rainfall was only “very, very small”.

The news will be welcomed by many but not necessarily those who have to board trains in and out of the county each day.

Traditionally, soaring temperatures have led to rail delays as tracks expand in the heat but Greater Anglia has announced that it has been working with Network Rail on a rather inventive strategy to minimise disruption to passengers during the hot weather.

Network Rail has covered critical points around the network with a special kind of white paint.

The paint limits the amount of heat absorbed by the rail, and can keep it between 5 and 10 degrees cooler than an unpainted rail – reducing expansion and helping to prevent signalling problems and buckled rails.

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