London rail firm to treat trains, stations with month-long Viruscide

In a bid to contain the transmission of coronavirus, a London rail firm has resorted to treating Trains and Stations with a month-long “coronavirus killer” disinfectant, according to reports.

Govia Thameslink Railway today announced that it was spraying the “viruscide” at Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern stations and in staff areas.

It will also will be will be treating all of its 2,700 carriages, including Gatwick Express trains with the liquid, which sticks to surfaces to prevent the onward transmission of the virus.

The firm is running about 2,800 of its normal weekday service of 3,600 trains but social distancing means it has space for only about 10 per cent of normal passenger numbers. The trains are intended only for NHS staff and other essential workers, Standard of UK reports.

All train carriages were already being cleaned every night. The new cleaning product replaces a shorter-lasting disinfectant. It offers similar protection to that being used on Tubes, buses and at Underground stations.

The firm has more than 100 extra cleaners. They are told to focus on passenger and staff “touch points”, such as ticket machines, chip and pin machines, door buttons, tables, grab poles and handles.

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