Edinburgh Trams keeps its cool with window filter trail

14 September 2015  •  Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Edinburgh Trams trials window filters on one of its trams help control on board temperatures especially during summer months.

Edinburgh Trams keeps its cool with window filter trail

Edinburgh trams are currently trialling window filters as the result of passenger feedback on tram temperatures.  Ultraviolet-resistant film has been fitted to a tram and is already proving popular with staff.

Interim tram director and general manager Ian Craig said: “We know this can be an issue on exceptionally warm days and temperatures inside the tram can be 8C higher than outside. This summer hasn’t been as warm as last year obviously but it’s something we wanted to address.  We’ve installed heat sensors in the tram with the UV film, and the early signs are that it is making a difference – and the staff like it.  We need to assess the data more but we’re hopeful that this approach can make a positive impact on our service.”

Edinburgh Trams records busiest week in its history

The move comes as Edinburgh Trams reveals a growing demand for the service with 1.55 million using the service from 31 May – 4th September 2015, an increase of 50,000 compared to the same period in 2014. The service also recorded its busiest week on record with 137,000 passengers travelling on board the week ending 15 August 2015.

Edinburgh Trams will assess the success of the window filters and its popularity with customers. The company is also looking at other ways to regulate temperatures including installing more opening windows.

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