Monday, May 16, 2016, 4:41 PM – Operators of the underground transportation system in London, UK are blaming excessive sunlight on transit delays in and around the city.
Staff say bright sun hitting monitors which are used to give a clear view of the platform before departing is impairing the vision of the drivers.
According to local media, commuters weren’t happy to hear the reason for their delay at South Harrow Station last Friday was due to “the wrong type of sun.”
While the issue is rare, officials say the problem is most common during the spring and winter, and it occurs when the sun rises in the morning.
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“There’s lots of things we can control but unfortunately the sun isn’t one of them,” a spokesperson for London Underground told the Independent.
“The ‘wrong sort of sunlight’ isn’t how we’d usually say it as we want to keep passengers calm and reassure them. But basically it’s when the sun is in certain parts of the sky at certain stations, and it shines onto the CCTV monitoring screen in their cab so they can’t see the screen and who’s on the platform.”
Tony Matthews, general manager for the Piccadilly Line, says the delays are a precaution to ensure the safety of staff and customers.
“On rare occasions when a driver’s vision is impaired by sunlight and they can’t check the platforms, they are instructed to keep the train in the platform whilst another member of staff helps the driver carry out platform safety checks,” he told the Independent.
Courtesy : theweathernetwork.com