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Male train drivers in Stockholm have circumvented a ban on wearing shorts in the summer by coming to work in skirts.

More than a dozen male employees working for the Roslagsbanan train services in the Swedish capital have been wearing skirts in order to keep cool.

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Uniform regulations by the train company Arriva state that skirts or long trousers are acceptable. At a meeting last year, drivers were told that shorts were not allowed. Photo: ALAMY

One of the drivers, Martin ├ůkersten, explained that temperatures can hit 95F (35C) in the train cab during the summer. Uniform regulations by the train company Arriva state that skirts or long trousers are acceptable. At a meeting last year, drivers were told that shorts were not allowed.

They have given their blessing to the men wearing skirts however. “To say anything else would be discrimination,” Thomas Hedenius, the communications head, told the local Mitti newspaper, cited by the Local website. He added that the regulations were in place so staff looked presentable and tidy, adding that shorts appeared “more relaxed” than a skirt.

A meeting is due in September to discuss the issue of uniforms. The Roslagsbanan train service carries around 45,000 people per workday.