Nexus, which manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has announced plans to chop down trees and cut back vegetation alongside its railway lines, in oder to prevent services being held up by "leaves on the line".
What they describe as "incidents of low rail adhesion" became a serious problem last autumn, resulting in a massive slow-down in Metro rail services.
Director of Rail and Infrastructure for Nexus, Raymond Johnstone:
"We have earmarked an extra £100,000 to tackle trackside vegetation well ahead of next autumn. The work will take place throughout the year across 60km of track."
“This will hopefully prevent a repeat of the issues we had with rail adhesion during October and November of last year. These delays were a huge frustration for Nexus and for Metro customers and we have responded to ensure that we don’t see a repeat of the problem in 2014."