The UK’s Minister of Transport warned that the heat of travel would be “more regularly” as the country’s infrastructure would buckle in an unprecedented heat wave.
“Many of our infrastructures aren’t built for these types of temperatures,” Grant Shapps told Sky News on Tuesday.
UK temperatures are projected to rise to a record 41 ° C on Tuesday as anomalous atmospheric patterns carry hot air further north from Southern Europe.
The National Weather Service’s Met Office said Monday night was tentatively the warmest on record in the UK.
“The temperature did not fall below 25 degrees Celsius in some places,” he said in a tweet above the previous maximum temperature of 23.9 degrees Celsius recorded in Brighton on August 3, 1990.
“On the railroad … On the ground, these rails can be heated to 50 ° C, 60 ° C, or higher, which means they are at serious risk of buckling. ..
Network Rail and some railroad operators have issued “red weather warnings” to advise London commuters to avoid traveling as much as possible.
Due to the heat, some rail services on the East Coast Main Line, Thames Link, Great Northern and East Midlands lines have been cancelled. In addition, the Transport for London Tube service has serious delays and cancellations.
“This will be seen more regularly. We’ve seen more of the hottest days ever recorded in the last 10 to 15 years, so we’ll see more of this,” says Chaps. I did.
He added that the UK needs to upgrade its infrastructure, “it can take decades.” .. .. To replace everything. “