West Midlands Metro has invested in new tram cleansing technology in a bid to further increase its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A stringent and enhanced daily cleaning programme was launched across the whole Metro fleet immediately after the pandemic first hit the country earlier this year. Now, the network has introduced an extra process designed to provide thorough, longer-lasting protection against bacteria and viruses.
Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, said: “This is another fine example of the excellent work being done by our transport operators to keep the network safe for passengers.
“While West Midlands Metro staff are doing all they can behind the scenes to keep the trams clean, we ask that commuters do their bit too by observing the rules on wearing face coverings and social distancing when travelling.”
The technology behind the new process uses an anti-static application, which treats all surfaces with a fine mist of a water-based disinfectant. It is being used on all touch points including handrails, push buttons and seating to create an invisible coating that delivers continued protection against 99.9% of bacteria for up to 30 days.
West Midlands Metro’s Head of Quality, Health and Safety and Environment, Anthony Stanley explained: “We are continually researching ways to further improve our already excellent cleaning regime and this process creates a residual barrier which greatly reduces re-contamination.
“It has all the benefits of being safe, non-toxic and non-hazardous and tests across the world have shown it will provide longer-lasting biocidal protection for up to 30 days. It will complement our existing cleaning regime and is designed to give our customers increased confidence.
Mr Stanley added: “It is already being used internationally and by some other light rail networks in the UK who are sharing practices to help tackle Covid-19. “I’m delighted we’ve been able to adopt the process for our needs, helping us to increase our efforts to guard against the spread of viruses. It is a system we’re now planning to use well into the future.”