Manchester Escalator Sterilising Tech
Network Rail trials a new hygiene technology to provide added protection against Covid-19 and other infections.
19:16 22 June 2021
Network Rail is trialling a new hygiene technology at its Manchester Piccadilly station to give passengers added protection from Covid-19 and other infections.
The new sanitising system, which has been installed inside an escalator, continually coats the handrail with an invisible layer of disinfecting particles each time it goes around. The technology is designed to extract oxygen and nitrogen from the air to produce plasma particles which are applied onto the handrail to kill up to 99per cent of viruses and bacterial pathogens.
Kyla Thomas, station manager at Manchester Piccadilly, said: “We’re really proud to trial this virus-busting technology on one of our busiest escalators. It’s an added layer of protection already in place through our rigorous cleaning activities and social distancing measures.
“Not only does our space-age cleansing system prevent the spread of bugs, but it also gives passengers confidence they can hold the handrail without slips, trips and falls. Should the trial be successful we’ll be looking to roll it out to the other escalators in the station.”