'Strong sunlight' causes train delays in Britain

By Daniel Uria   |   Jan. 12, 2016 at 10:49 AM

LONDON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A British train company announced to passengers that a case of severe sunlight was the cause of delays on Tuesday morning.

London's Southeastern Railway responded to a passenger's complaint on Twitter by explaining that a case of strong sunshine prevented trains from leaving the station on time.

"Apologies we are having issues dispatching trains due to the strong sunshine this morning," a Southeastern Railway representative wrote on Twitter after a passenger stated that a guard was "having a melt down."

The railway faced disbelief from passengers on Twitter, but a Southeastern spokesperson explained the danger of the sunny conditions to the BBC.

"Glare this morning made it impossible for some drivers to see the full length of their train in their mirrors before leaving stations," he said. "When this happens they have to get out and check to ensure everybody has got on or off the train safely before they can move."

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