A special disinfectant is being used on the Tyne & Wear Metro to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
The new anti-viral is being used by Nexus who own and manage the Tyne & Wear Metro. Lasting up to 30 days, the long-lasting agent means that they meet the COVID-secure standards.
Passengers who have to use the Metro can travel, knowing that the carriages have had the anti-viral applied. 99.9% of germs are killed with the disinfectant, keeping surfaces and touchpoints cleaner for a longer period.
Higher numbers of passengers are expected on the fleet of 90 trains as lockdown is eased and more shops and schools re-open.
Metro Operations Director, Chris Carson, said: “This enhanced disinfectant gives greater confidence to our customers who need to use the service as lockdown measures start to lift.
“The new cleaning fluid is more effective because it lasts for 30 days, reducing the risk of coronavirus spreading. It helps us to ensure that Metro meets a COVID-secure standard.
“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.
“We are making sure that our stations and trains are cleaned to the highest standard, and that there is clear information on how to socially distance as you travel.
“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.”
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