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First Capital Connect to spent £350k to clean its trains
First Capital Connect (FCC) is investing £350,000 to make its trains cleaner for passengers.
All 221 trains will receive a thorough ‘deep clean’ in the coming months using new steam cleaning equipment normally deployed in hospitals.
One class 313 three-carriage train is going through the process every day on the Great Northern route to and from Moorgate. So far over 25 trains have been cleaned out of the 44-strong fleet.
The operation is also under way on the Thameslink route between Bedford, Brighton, Wimbledon and Sutton with five class 319 four-carriage trains deep-cleaned so far out of the 86-strong fleet. This will continue on all other train types across both routes.
As part of the investment, FCC has also employed more cleaners to work on the trains while they are in service during morning and evening peaks on the line into Moorgate and the Wimbledon and Sutton loop. This is because there is not enough time for a thorough clean when turning around at terminus stations.
FCC Managing Director David Statham joined a train presentation team to work one of its shifts. He washed the outside of a train and, using the new equipment, which is normally used in hospitals, helped steam clean the interior.
David Statham, Managing Director of FCC, said: "Our passengers have told us that we need to make our trains cleaner and I promised to do something about it, which is why we have invested this large sum of money.
"Having been on a shift with a train presentation team for a morning, I can tell you they do a great job. It’s hard work to clean a unit - scrubbing luggage racks and steaming upholstery. The new equipment will make it easier for our teams and will give our passengers much cleaner trains."
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