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Powerful viruscide used across Southern Rails stations and trains to kill Coronavirus

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Govia Thameslink Railway’s entire fleet of Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express trains, plus stations and staff areas have been treated with a powerful new viruscide which sticks to surfaces, killing the Coronavirus for up to 30 days.

The product further improves GTR’s already-enhanced cleaning regime, in which stations and staff areas are treated with more short-term viruscides, and all 2,700 of its train carriages are sanitised every night.

While the current advice remains to only use public transport if you absolutely have to, the product provides another layer of protection for passengers who do need to travel such as key workers and staff who are valiantly supporting the national effort on the front line.

To help support everyone’s focus on keeping their hands clean, GTR has also ordered 1,000 no-touch hand sanitisers for staff and passengers which are being distributed to stations. 

A specially-developed app also tells staff at-a-glance when each train carriage was last cleaned with the long-lasting viruscide.

Engineering Director Steve Lammin said:

“Since the outbreak of this pandemic we have been doing all we can to protect our passengers and staff by ensuring our trains, and stations have enhanced cleaning regimes, and a switch in focus to high-touch areas and the increased use of anti-viral agents.

“We are now using a product that will kill Coronavirus for up to 30 days and we are applying this to surfaces across our network on a 21-day cycle. We want to do everything possible to work with passengers and staff to keep them safe and this will further protect everyone who is working so hard for this country.”

Electrostatic ‘wands’ (pictured and on video) have been used around stations and staff areas and GTR is deploying ‘Storm’ virus-killer backpacks which were used in NHS Nightingale Hospitals, as they cover large areas quickly. On trains, the new product needs to be applied traditionally with a microfibre cloth. In all locations, it is applied only after the entire surface area has been thoroughly cleaned and degreased.

Stations, trains and staff areas were already receiving enhanced cleans through additional extra staff, new 24-hour viruscide products and a switch to focus attention on passenger and staff touchpoints. Use of the 30-day viruscide will help GTR renew its focus on out of reach places to further improve the appearance of trains.

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Up to £10,000 fine. The new rules on self-isolation explained

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From 28th September new rules mean a person must self-isolate by law if tested positive for Coronavirus OR they are contacted by a test and trace service and told to self-isolate.

A breach of this can mean a starting fine of £1,000 but this can increase to £10,000 if it is found the person is repeatedly disobeying the rules OR they are acting in a way that could harm people.

The fine is based on the same ones introduced for those who are required to quarantine when arriving from a country that the Government has identified as not on their travel corridor list.

In addition, any business owner can also face up to £10,000 fine if they threaten self-isolating staff with redundancy if they do not come to work.

The government has also said they will give just under 4 million people who work on low incomes a lump sum payment of £500 if they are unable to work due to self-isolating – although they must have been told by NHS test and trace they were required to self-isolate, must be self-employed or employed, must be unable to work from home and hence lose income and must be already receiving universal credit , working tax credit, income-based employment and support allowance, income-based jobseeker’s allowance, income support, housing benefit and/or pension credit.

There are exemptions to the rule for people who are ill or require assistance or care.

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