Rail companies increase capacity and cleaning to encourage ‘Return to Rail’

A report by the BBC: ‘Coronavirus what’s the risk on transport’ published April 21st 2021 states: ‘The number of people travelling by train has risen to around 32% of pre-pandemic levels – compared to about 14% during January, and 5% during the first lockdown last April.’ And: ‘As numbers increase, rail companies are increasing capacity, to enable social distancing and prevent packed trains.’

Additional measures include longer trains so that passengers can socially distance whenever possible. Stations are also offering more hand sanitisers and investing in ‘enhanced train-cleaning’ too.

Commenting on this, Steve Burch, Director of Envelo said: “If the train operating companies are to encourage passengers to return to rail, then building customer confidence before even setting foot inside a station is crucial. This includes making them aware of the surface protection and ‘repair the air’ programmes that are being put in place in stations and not just the trains, plus any ongoing measuring and testing which ensures these spaces remain safe and virus free – with real time alerts when they are not.

We know from ongoing discussions with the train operating companies that building customer confidence is a priority if numbers are to rise towards pre-Covid levels. Running parallel to this must be long term anti-viral surface protection and air cleaning of all spaces that passengers frequent and not just simply upping the ante on deep cleaning.”