Deutsche Bahn starts a cleaning offensive

Deutsche Bahn has started a massive cleaning campaign across Germany. More than 4,300 members of staff clean trains and stations every day. Special attention is given to the areas, which are touched by the travellers very often. The German company plans to twice increase the cleaning staff for the ICE high-speed trains.

“We do everything so that our customers can enter the stations with a good feeling. We have started a tailor-made cleaning offensive for our large and small stations. A train journey is and remains safe,” DB Board Member for Infrastructure Ronald Pofalla noted. The railway company has involved 2,000 cleaning staff to disinfect the selected locations such as elevator buttons or stair handrails. To this end, DB is also being used special machines and innovative technologies including ultraviolet lamps.

Clean trains

Another part of DB’s personnel is cleaning trains. The vehicles running on the long-distance routes are cleaned every two hours during the journeys. DB Regio as an operator of regional services clean its rolling stock an average of three times a day. Starting from the middle of last week, the railway company significantly increased the number of cleaning onboard staff on long-distance trains. By July, 500 employees, or twice as many as before, will clean the ICE high-speed trains while driving. In August there will be 600 onboard cleaners.

A poster inside a DB train, source: Deutsche Bahn (DB)

Additional measures

Moreover, DB installed dispensers inside around 600 station buildings. Owing to them, the passengers are able to treat their hands with an antiseptic. There were deployed social distancing signs on the floor in front of the DB information centres, in the travel centres and in front of many shops at the train stations. With more than 50,000 posters and notices on the monitors and billboards at the stations, DB provides information on how its customers can best protect themselves.

As for the company’s employees, they obligatory wear a mouth-and-nose cover. In order to provide passengers who forgot their masks, the railway operator purchased 19 million special covers. The customers are able to buy them in the bistro carriages during a journey.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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