London Northwestern Railway have rolled out a powerful new cleaning tool to fight against the spread of coronavirus. These state-of-the-art ‘fogging’ machines create a mist, harmless to humans, which kills bacteria. They are now being used on hundreds of train carriages across the network.

London Northwestern Railway are urging customers to help with social distancing by travelling at quieter times, if possible, and to wear a face covering on board, unless exempt.


Published: 03 August 2020

A powerful new cleaning tool in the fight against the spread of coronavirus has been unveiled by London Northwestern Railway.

The operator – along with sister company West Midlands Railway – has rolled out new state-of-the-art ‘fogging’ machines to its cleaning teams.

The machines create a mist which kills bacteria but is harmless to people. They are now being used on hundreds of train carriages across the rail network.

The hand-held ‘foggers’ can sanitise an entire train carriage in just a few minutes, including hard-to-reach corners. The foggers will mostly be used in depots overnight but can also be used by mobile teams at stations where needed.


Lawrence Bowman, deputy managing director of London Northwestern Railway, said:

“The health and safety of our customers and colleagues is our top priority. These new machines are an important part of the enhanced cleaning regime we have put in place at our stations and on our trains.

“We have also recently stepped up our timetable to provide more capacity on the network and we are running longer trains to allow more space.

“We’re urging our customers who need to travel to help with social distancing by travelling at quieter times if possible and by wearing a face covering at all times.”

With more people returning to work, and shops, pubs and restaurants re-opening, London Northwestern Railway are welcoming passengers back. But, now more than ever, it is vital we all travel responsibly.

To help you travel safely, London Northwestern Railway are running as many trains as they can, with as many carriages as possible to maximise space on board. They have also stepped up cleaning on trains and at stations, using the latest antiviral equipment and techniques. You can also do your bit, by maintaining your distance whenever possible, buying your tickets online, travelling at a quieter time, and allowing extra time for your journey as station layouts may have changed. But, most importantly, wear a face covering at all times – unless you are exempt. Responsible travel starts here.

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