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TransPennine Express cleaners work equivalent of 22 years in just 10 months to keep customers safe

Cleaning teams for TransPennine Express (TPE) have spent the equivalent of 22 years during the past 10 months ensuring services and stations throughout the North and into Scotland are kept as clean and safe as possible.

More than 168,000 litres of cleaning solution has been used, enough to fill 557 bathtubs, along with more than 2,233km of cleaning tissue, which rolled out, would stretch from Edinburgh to Paris and back.

During the past two years, 150 sanitation busters at TPE have worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of key workers, and customers, by sanitising key touchpoints in stations and on board the 100 plus carriages that operate across the TPE network.

Kathryn O’Brien, Customer Experience Director for TransPennine Express said:

“Our cleaning teams have been vital in delivering an enhanced cleaning regime on our trains and at stations, giving our customers the best possible travel environment, and we can’t thank them enough for their fantastic work.

“From the sanitation teams to the conductors on board our services, everyone within TPE has played their part in helping keep key workers and our customers safe during the past two years and will continue to do so during 2022.”

Further statistics logged by the rail operator show that more than 775 litres of hand soap have been used by customers and colleagues and 176,800 recyclable waste bags have been filled and safely disposed of.

Peter Ferens, a member of the cleaning team said:

“We are continuing to deliver additional cleaning on board trains and at our stations, particularly focusing on those areas that people are more likely to touch, such as handrails, door buttons, tables, arm rests, toilets and ticket vending machines.

“I am extremely proud of the team for the time and energy that has gone into delivering our enhanced cleaning regime and I was to reassure customers that we are continuing to do all we can to keep them safe.”

The train company is encouraging all customers, unless exempt, to wear a face covering at stations and onboard trains in England as a courtesy to others. In Scotland, the wearing of face masks continues to be mandatory on all services. More information can be found here: