Report Identifies Actions to Improve UK Railway Resilience in the Face of Climate Change

Network Rail has released a report that outlines the risks climate change poses to the UK’s railway.

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The Network Rail Third Adaption Report, published in partnership with the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), sets out the progress made from 2016 to 2021 on climate change and resilience.

Network Rail was the world’s first railway company to set independently-verified science-based carbon reduction targets. Since releasing its Environmental Sustainability Strategy in 2020 it’s taken important steps to ensure rail is one of the greenest forms of transport.

This latest report brings together work being carried out across Network Rail, including the Weather Task Force, to provide a wide ranging, integrated and comprehensive approach.

It also identifies further actions and provides a comprehensive quantitative risk assessment of assets and climate change risks.