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Edinburgh Trams leaving passengers sweltering in the heat

There is sympathy from the Car Hire Edinburgh Airport team with the recent high temperatures in the city causing problems for passengers on the trams.

The Edinburgh trams are causing sweltering temperatures for passengers, resulting in tram drivers opening carriage doors at each stop to cool passengers as the vehicles do not provide air conditioning.

The decision not to have any climate control was taken by the now defunct Transport Initiatives Edinburgh back in 2007, when they placed the order for 27 trams from Spanish firm CAF. Although in recent weeks it has hit 25 degree and passengers have complained of uncomfortable and sticky conditions on board.

A spokesman for Transport for Edinburgh said “Outside temperatures have reached unusually high levels in recent days meaning the heat on trams has become uncomfortable at times. Trams don’t have air conditioning but we’re working to optimise the ventilation 
system, we have to keep things as comfortable as possible while temperatures remain high.”

As it stands the system will only recycle the hot air during the warmer weather rather than cool it down. Most UK tram systems install air conditioning as standard.

City transport convenor Cllr Lesley Hinds said “The decision was taken a number of years ago not to fit air conditioning on trams. Generally, the weather here doesn’t justify it but temperatures have been unusually high and we are looking at ways of improving comfort on board.”