Covid - they think it’s all over

On the railway nothing is ever easy, and reducing Covid risk is no exception

Viruscide application: the interior of a London Underground 2009 stock vehicle is sprayed as part of enhanced cleaning during the pandemic. Courtesy TfL

At the start of the pandemic, I suggested a quick response for railways would be to increase the amount of fresh air in vehicles and introduce some degree of partitioning (p9, June 2020 issue). It seemed obvious after the early problems of transmission in cruise ships that aerosol transmission in air conditioning systems was playing a part, and further research backed this up. That’s not all there is to it, of course, surface contamination and direct droplet transmission are in there as well, tackled with improved cleaning and mask wearing. On heritage railways, compartment stock became gold dust and some dreamed of a return to soft padded compartments and opening droplights.


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