Train companies trial virus-killing fog to prevent spread of Covid-19

Two train companies are trialling a ‘virus-killing fog’ to clean their carriages in the fight against coronavirus.

Great Western Railway and South Western Railway are to trying out a new ‘virucidal’ sanitiser which kills 99.99% of viruses and bacteria on surfaces.

It is sprayed on the inside of the train carriages overnight, building to a fog which coats all surfaces, and is proven to fight against Covid-19 for up to 28 days.

The train operators have already enhanced cleaning regimes to make travel on its networks as safe as possible for customers and staff.

Great Western Rail interim managing director Matthew Golton said: “For those who need to travel, we are doing everything possible to carry as many people, safely, as we can.

“This new trial is just one example of that, helping those who do need to travel to do so with confidence.

“But please do help us by planning ahead, travelling, where possible, at quieter times, and wear a face covering to keep yourself and our staff safe.”

The advice follows an update to the National Rail App which indicates to people searching for a journey if a specific train or station is looking busy.

Train companies trial virus-killing fog to prevent spread of Covid-19

People will see a red or yellow warning triangle when they search their journey and, by clicking on it, will be able to find out more information and advice.

Customers are also asked to wash their hands prior to and after their journey, and hand-sanitiser has been made available at GWR’s main stations.

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