Disinfectant that lasts for a month is being used on London trains.
Govia Thameslink Railway, London’s biggest commuter railway franchise, has just announced its new cleaning regime. The disinfectant “Viruscide” is used to clean surfaces and prevent the spread of the virus. This allegedly disinfects surfaces for a month at a time.
They revealed they were spraying the substance in Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern stations and staff points. All 2,700 of their carriages, including Gatwick Express units, are also being disinfected with the spray, which helps stop the spread of COVID-19.
Govia Thameslink Railway is currently running 2,800 of their usual 3,600 weekday train services. However, they can use just 10 per cent of their space for passengers due to social distancing measures.
Staff have been deployed to continually use “Viruscide”—which is also used as in Nightingale hospitals—as part of their strict new cleaning regime. “Viruscide” reportedly replaces an older, less effective cleaning substance, which was used to clean surfaces every night. The new product offers similar protection to the disinfectant used at London Underground stations and on TfL services.
1,000 no-touch sanitiser dispensers have also been made available to the company. In addition, they have hired 100 extra cleaners since the outbreak of Coronavirus in London.
Staff also use an app that notifies them exactly when the surfaces were cleaned with “Viruscide”, and they have been instructed to take test swabs of areas to ensure cleaning remains effective.
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