It is the time of the year when train delays and cancellations are blamed on leaves on the line.
It may seem a poor excuse but rail companies say it can be as dangerous as black ice on the roads.
Some are already running limited services as this year's leaf fall has come early. But Greater Anglia say half a million pounds of investment means they're stopping the problem in its tracks
- Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray