The wrong kind of SUNLIGHT is now being blamed by train operators for rail chaos.

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The wrong kind of SUNLIGHT is now being blamed by train operators for rail chaos.

We’ve long been subjected to a litany of rail-related excuses, including the wrong kind of leaves, snow, and wind.

They’ve now blamed the wrong kind of sunlight on top of the natural phenomena that train operators can’t handle.

It comes after figures revealed that Network Rail paid millions in compensation to operators.

Train companies claimed it was to blame for the glare of the sun on signaling equipment obstructing drivers’ vision.

According to the figures, the problem has caused 4,206 service disruptions over the last three years.

In total, 358 hours – nearly 15 days – of delays occurred, with 130 services being canceled due to equipment visibility being too poor.

The most serious issues caused by sunlight on signals occurred at Birmingham New Street in February 2019, when 152 trains were delayed and nine were cancelled.

Individual costs are not disclosed, but are included in compensation to operators for unplanned disruptions, which totaled £258 million in 2018-19 and £60 million in 2019-20.

The total from the previous year has yet to be determined.

Operators are responsible for problems in trains and stations, while Network Rail is responsible for everything else.

It demonstrates why, according to Network Rail, plans to reform the system this year are necessary.

Train operators have blamed the wrong kind of sunlight for rail chaos Figures showed Network Rail paid millions to operators in compensation Claims included train firms holding it responsible for the glare of the sun on signalling gear affecting drivers’ sight

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