At one of London’s biggest train stations, St. Pancras International there are robots placed that can kill the coronavirus with ultraviolet light. However, this move comes as the train stations trying to restore customer confidence in the safety of travel hubs.
Stations are again at a halt after the announcement of Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday. That people will have to work from home again where possible. Moreover, he also ordered restaurants and bars to close early to tackle the second wave of COVID-19 infections.
One of the Busiest Stations
However, St Pancras International saw 34.6 million entries and exits in the year to March 2019. According to the most recent year data from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) it is the ninth-busiest station in the country. The ORR says that due to the pandemic there has been a significant fall in the number of rail passengers.
“The main thing for us is to get the confidence of customers,” said Jay Newton, Head of Stations Engineering and Operations for the High-Speed One Channel tunnel rail link.
In addition, in a statement, he said, “We are the first train station to bring this type of technology in. Because we want to allow people to use a train station with confidence, use our retail units with confidence. And slowly get back to a normal way.”
However, the robots work by using ultraviolet light to clean large areas without the need for chemical disinfectant the station said. In addition, they said this kind of technology could kill nearly 100% of bacteria and viruses, including the coronavirus. It can kill the virus that is on the surfaces and in the surrounding air in minutes.
St Pancras International is the terminus of the Eurostar link to Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam. And also shares links to six London Underground lines with neighboring King’s Cross station.
Traveling During the Pandemic
The train stations are introducing some new protocols and requirements to make it safer for people to travel during the pandemic. However, people are going to experience a lot of changes while traveling by train.
Rail companies are doing everything they can to ensure people start to travel with a smooth journey. However, they are boosting cleaning, providing sanitizer at stations, and offering better information about busy services.