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Sunglasses, anyone?

Date 17 Sep 2006

We’ve had ‘leaves on the line’ and ‘the wrong kind of snow’ but London commuters recently heard a new excuse for trains running late – the sun was too bright. reports that a rush hour commuter train was delayed by half an hour because the driver complained the sun was too bright and he couldn’t use his mirror to check if anyone was getting in or out of the carriages.A spokesperson for rail operator c2c said: “It was a combination of the brightness of the sun and the angle of the mirrors. “It was a freak occurrence.” One frustrated commuter said: “This is the first time I've heard delays blamed on the sun - although I suppose it does make more sense UK trains would be less prepared for good weather than bad.”

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