Trains delayed because of sunlight

13 January 2016

train There's one thing that unifies all British people, and that's complaining about trains, or at the very least, taking the piss out of them. A favourite thing to do, is to laugh (or cry) about some of the excuses that we're given for trains being late.

We've heard about leaves on the line, and the wrong types of rain, but now we have a real beauty - sunlight.

Southeastern were asked about why the delays happened at Lewisham in London, and they said that it was the fault of "strong sunlight". This was a reply on Twitter, where they said: "We had severe congestion through Lewisham due to dispatching issues as a result of strong sunlight."

"The low winter sun has been hitting the dispatch monitor which prevents the driver from being able to see."

Of course, we know that low, winter sun can really fry your eyeballs and it makes it difficult to drive your car when it is shining into your face, but that shouldn't stop us from indulging in the great British pastime of laughing at train delay excuses. Of course, with this response being shared on Twitter, people were quick to pile-on.

One person said it was "the weakest excuse ever", while another said; ""How do they go on in hot countries where they have sunshine all the time?"

A Southeastern spokesperson said: "We know that sometimes it seems that if it is not leaves on the line or snow on the track then it is some other weather issue. But actually glare this morning made it impossible for some drivers to see the full length of their train in their mirrors before leaving stations."

"When this happens they have to get out and check to ensure everybody has got on or off their train safely before they can move. This can take a little more time but thankfully for all it doesn't happen very often."

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