City Red adds long-lasting anti-virus protection to its industry-leading vehicle cleaning regime to keep bus passengers safe
- Bus operator introduces enhancement to daily cleaning and disinfectant procedures to make bus travel as safe as possible as customer numbers increase
- Four-weekly fogging treatment provides continuous viricidal protection against Covid-19
- Bus operator’s smartphone app update allows customers to see location of next bus and available seats, and introduction of seat markings to enable social distancing
This week City Red is adding a new, long-lasting sanitising treatment to its daily industry-leading vehicle cleaning regime. The special treatment is being rolled out across City Red’s entire operational fleet. It is environmentally-friendly, uses no alcohol or dangerous chemicals and is scientifically proven to be highly effective against Covid-19. The treatment complements the bus operator’s already enhanced cleaning regime and robust safety procedures, making travel on its services as safe as possible for its customers and drivers.
City Red will treat its fleet and depot every four weeks using a portable fogging device which creates an “invisible shield” that attracts and kills coronavirus and other germs on surfaces for 28 days after its application.
This follows recent measures taken to reduce the passenger capacity of each bus by over 75%, with clear seat markings in place to guide customers where to sit, and the launch of a new feature on First Bus’ mobile app which shows customers in real time how many seats are available on their next bus, its precise location and how long before it is due to arrive at their stop.
Marc Reddy, Managing Director of City Red, said:
We are determined to do all we can to protect our customers and colleagues at this time. Our buses are essential for those who need to travel and we want everyone to understand that it is safe to use our buses.
City Red continues to encourage cashless payments and the use of its app to purchase tickets, reducing the need for contact between customers and drivers. The UK Government has announced that in England it will be mandatory to wear face coverings from Monday 15 June.
While we are doing whatever we can to look after our drivers and customers, passengers can make a difference too: By only traveling when feeling well, avoiding travel during peak hours, adhering to social distancing, using cashless and wearing a face covering. In these challenging times, it is important we all look after each other and be kind to one another.
To find the latest timetables, travel advice and learn about City about ongoing safety precautions, please visit https://www.firstgroup.com/southampton/news-and-service-updates/coronavirus-covid19-service-information