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Swedish male train drivers don skirts to beat the heat

Published on Jun 9, 2013 8:26 PM
Swedish train driver Martin Akersten poses wearing a skirt in this May 31, 2013 photo taken in Stockholm with his cell phone. Mr Akersten says he and more than a dozen other drivers and conductors at the Roslagsbanan line in the Swedish capital have started wearing skirts in the summer as a protest against the train company's uniform policy, which doesn't allow shorts.-- PHOTO: AP

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Male staff on Stockholm's commuter trains have begun wearing skirts to circumvent a ban on shorts as sweltering heat hit the Swedish capital this week.

Around 15 male train drivers and other staff wore skirts this week on the suburban Roslagsbanan train service, where temperatures inside the carriages can reach 35 degrees Celsius, transport company Arriva said on Sunday.

"Our policy is that you have to look well dressed and proper when representing Arriva, and that means trousers if you're a man and a skirt if you're a woman, but no shorts," Arriva spokesman Tomas Hedenius told AFP.

"But if there's a man who is keen to wear women's clothing, such as a skirt, we have said that's okay," he added.

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