Public transport companies have taken precautions due to the heat expected tomorrow. For example, passengers are allowed to drink water in vehicles with different carriers. Additional air conditioners have also been checked and emergency teams from carriers carry water with them in case something goes wrong. Carriers urge travelers to take water with them tomorrow. For example, many stations have a free tap water.
Rail manager ProRail says he can’t rule out failures, because the temperatures of train and rail systems are skyrocketing. For example, parts of trains can become extremely hot, such as the air conditioning and electric motor of a train. At RET in Rotterdam, the infrastructure is closely monitored. The bridges used by the Rotterdam transport company are cooled. Additional air conditioners were also checked.
A GVB spokesperson in Amsterdam said the metro, trams and buses can in principle withstand the heat. But it can get hot in vehicles. “We have short pieces that we cover and then the doors open and close. It’s very difficult to maintain the right temperature, no matter how good the conditioning is.” Many GVBs have air conditioning.
Carrier Arriva, which deals, among other things, with the movement of trains in parts of northern Holland, says that all vehicles are equipped with a climate control system. “This system is pre-determined and modular,” a spokesperson said. “Neither the driver nor the driver can do this manually. The temperature in the car is about 5 to 8 degrees cooler than the outside temperature.”