Public transport plays an essential part in many people’s lives and up to 3 million people use buses, trains and the tube in London everyday. With regular overcrowding and a high number of critical touch points, public transport has become a high risk area for the transmission of the Coronavirus.
As a way to prevent the Covid-19 risk on public transport the government has urged people to stop using buses and trains and to stay at home. However, as people start returning to work and begin to use transport again, the risk of transmission remains.
The transmission of the virus on trains and buses increases as those infected with the virus cough or sneeze and then touch train buttons, handrails, seats and glass, passing the virus on to someone else. To reduce this risk, some train operators have taken to disinfecting areas with spray or a sanitisation mist. Although relatively effective, these methods can be costly and time consuming.
Adopting new technology alongside a rigorous cleaning schedule, St Pancras International, also the terminus for the Eurostar link to Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam, is now using the UVD Robot to santise their stations, using them to make toilets and concourses safe for customer use. The 9th busiest station in the UK, St Pancras has deployed the Covid-19 killing robot to restore confidence to passengers, to help them travel safely and regularly.