Northern’s clean campaign to keep commuters safe

Train operator Northern said it wants to give customers the confidence to return to the railway.

Thursday, 16th July 2020, 9:50 am
Northern currently employs around 430 staff to clean trains during the day and at night at the end of service.

Northern has launched a new campaign to highlight everything that’s being done to keep people safe on the railway as the country moves out of the coronavirus lockdown.

Extra cleaning is being carried out on trains and at stations, social distancing is still in place across the Northern network, and, of course, face coverings are still mandatory for everyone travelling by train (aside from those with specific exceptions).

Northern currently employs around 430 staff to clean trains during the day and at night at the end of service. They work at stations and depots across the north of England and are supported by an additional 150 colleagues who are dedicated to cleaning Northern’s stations.

All staff are currently focusing on cleaning touch points (buttons, handles, tables and toilets) and Northern has invested in a new cleaning product – Zoono – to help protect customers further.

Northern is also calling on those same customers to do their bit in protecting themselves and each other when travelling.

Steve Hopkinson, regional director at Northern, said: “As an industry we have been working hard to make the railway as safe as possible, so we were ready for more people to return to our trains and stations.

“We know it has been a difficult time for the communities we serve and we’re grateful that so many listened to our advice to only make essential journeys during the worst of the crisis.

“We have more cleaning staff – both on train and at stations – than ever before and they are working around the clock to keep our network clean and reduce the potential for the virus to spread.”