Railway firm says it will not ‘rest on laurels’ when it comes to cleanliness

South Western Railway have dedicated 15,188 hours of elbow grease towards cleaning the trains in the past 100 days. Picture: SWR
South Western Railway have dedicated 15,188 hours of elbow grease towards cleaning the trains in the past 100 days. Picture: SWR
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A RAILWAY company says it is ‘determined’ to uphold a high standard of cleanliness.

South Western Railway has committed to deep cleaning trains every 30 days, on top of its routine daily cleans.

The initiative comes as part of the first 100 days of SWR’s operations.

According to statistics released by the railway company, more than 65,000 seats are deep cleaned each month – with more than 15,000 cleaning cloths and 100,000ml of soap used.

Across six train depots, 45 members of staff have spent 15,188 hours making the trains as clean as possible.

Head of train presentation Charlie Hatcher said: ‘We’re determined not to rest on our laurels as we’ll be making sure our trains are as clean and pleasant an environment for passengers as possible.

‘That’s why we’ve committed to deep-cleaning our trains every 30 days – seven times more regularly than previously.

‘I’m confident that our passengers will begin to see the difference very soon, if they haven’t done so already.’