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Enhanced cleaning regime across all TfL transport to cut coronavirus risks

Transport for London is deploying an enhanced cleaning regime across the Tube and bus network to help reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading.

Streets and Walkways Sub (Planning and Transportation) Committee Chairman, Oliver Sells QC said: "It will bring substantial health benefits to those who live and work in the Barbican area."

TfL has already changed its Tube and bus network cleaning regime to include enhanced anti-viral measures to reduce risk of coronavirus spreading

Although Public Health England has stated that there are currently no specific concerns about using public transport, TfL said it’s already started to roll out enhanced anti-viral gel at Tube trains and stations and using it in depots and drivers’ cabs, which previously were regularly cleaned with traditional disinfectant.

All buses will now also have regularly touched areas, such as poles and doors, carefully wiped down with a strong disinfectant every day. Boosts to the cleaning regime will be rolled out across the rest of the TfL network.

TfL is at the final testing stages of a new, longer lasting cleaning agent that would provide anti-viral protection for up to 30 days and hopes to begin using it across the network in the next couple of weeks.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “I’m doing all I can to work with Public Health England and other experts to keep Londoners safe so I’m pleased that TfL is stepping up enhanced cleaning across the transport network. Along with trialling new longer lasting cleaning fluid, this will help reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading. I want to reassure Londoners and visitors that the advice from experts is to continue with our daily lives as normal, including using public transport.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.