Tyne & Wear Metro trains are being cleaned using a new special disinfectant to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Each train on the system is undergoing a deep clean using the special coronavirus-killing spray, called Zoono Z-71, which kills 99.99% of germs and lasts for 30 days, reducing the risk of the virus spreading.
Nexus, the body that runs the Metro, said the cleaning regime would ensure that the network meets the Government’s Covid-secure standards and would give passengers confidence to use the service.
Chris Carson, Metro’s Operations Director, said: “This enhanced disinfectant gives greater confidence to our customers who need to use the service as lockdown measures start to lift.”
“We are expecting to see some uplift in passenger numbers as more shops start to re-open, allowing more people to return to work, and Metro is there for people who really do need to use it.”
From Monday, June 15, face coverings will be mandatory on all public transport in England. Only very young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties will be exempt from the new rule. Fines may be given to anyone found to be breaking the rules.
Carson added: “People are still advised to take Metro only where they need to, such as for work, if you cannot do so from home, and where you can’t walk, cycle or use a car. Customers should also follow Government advice and wear a face covering when travelling on public transport.”
Cleaning on the Metro had been stepped up before the lockdown, however the new disinfectant will keep surfaces and touch points cleaner for longer.