Weathering the storm: how is critical infrastructure planning for climate change?

In a year that has swung from extreme low temperatures to a prolonged dry and hot summer the need for the UK’s transport, water and energy companies to adapt to climate change has been laid bare. Catherine Early reports on their progress

Dawlish railway suffers flooding and storm damage

Infrastructure risk: the Dawlish railway line along the Devon coast collapsed during a severe storm in 2014

Infrastructure and utilities have often been caught out by extreme weather, with the failure of a water treatment works in flooded Tewkesbury in 2007, and the collapse of part of a railway line on the storm-hit Devon coast in 2014 providing two vivid examples. But now companies in these sectors are planning for long-term changes owing to climate change as well as day-to-day weather resilience.

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