The heavy rain to the north of the city of Aberdeen has caused the flooding of the rail line between the city and Dyce airport this morning. Thankfully the heavy rain has now cleared away eastward and into the North Sea. This is the second incident in 24 hours were heavy rain has caused the flooding of rain lines in the northeast of Scotland, but it’s good to know that Dame Julia Slingo the world renowned expert in climatology and her team is on the case.
Network Rail has also launched two task forces, led by independent experts, as part of its long-term response to climate change and the challenge of maintaining its portfolio of earthworks (embankments and cuttings), many of which date from the Victorian era.Catherine Kennedy, New Civil Engineer
Dame Julia Slingo, former chief scientist at the Met Office and a world-renowned expert in climatology, is leading a weather action taskforce with the objective of better equipping Network Rail to understand the risk of rainfall to its infrastructure. The taskforce will draw on the latest scientific developments in monitoring, real-time observations and weather forecasting.
Meanwhile, Lord Robert Mair is spearheading an earthworks management taskforce to see how Network Rail can improve the management of its earthworks portfolio, looking at past incidents, latest technologies and innovations and best practice from across the globe.