The FINANCIAL — Keolis Downer during its first week of operating the Adelaide Metro train services, has already implemented some key improvements by rolling out an extensive cleaning program for trains and local stations.
Keolis Downer Managing Director Robert Tatton-Jones says. “Through our extensive cleaning program, we have started deep detailed cleaning of our trains, which will each go through a four-week cycle program from now on. By early March all the trains will have been deep cleaned, providing a more comfortable and safer environment for passengers.”
According to Keolis Downer, the new deep cleaning program includes steam cleaning of seats and the train ceiling, as well as disinfection of the carriages and the driver cabin. Once the deep clean is finished, trains are sanitised using an innovative fogging technique that leaves a preventive shield on all touch points to prevent bacteria from common viruses and to protect against COVID-19.
“This approach has proven to be effective and is non-toxic to the environment. In a context where we have to learn to live with COVID-19, it is even more important to keep a strong focus on hygiene and safety,” Mr Tatton-Jones says.
“Daily cleaning of touch points on trains and stations, including vending machines and screens is also part of our extensive cleaning schedule,” Mr Tatton-Jones says.
Sanitisers have also been made available at key stations to encourage travellers to adopt good hygiene behaviours at all times, Keolis Downer notes.
“We also want to ensure the safety and comfort of our people, with drivers cabins receiving deep cleaning and daily ongoing cleaning. We’ll also provide drivers with access to their own cleaning tool kits for additional use if they wish to do so.”