St Pancras International station.
Covid-19 Risk Certification for Network Rail High Speed Stations
St Pancras International, Stratford and Ebbsfleet rail stations have received Certificates of Assurance from Bureau Veritas for cleaning and hygiene standards that help minimise the risk of Covid-19.
All three stations are managed by Network Rail High Speed (NRHS), with cleaning, janitorial and pest control services provided under contract with soft services provider, Churchill. The stations are the only in the network to have receive certification which will remain valid for six months.
Bureau Veritas (BV) is a world leader in testing, inspection and certification and helps its clients improve the quality of their health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility practices.
Station assessment involveda support system assessment and site assessment, with all three stations passed both a handful of suggested improvements.
BV highlighted a number of Churchill processes for the successful assessments, including:
- The success of the company's workplace and hygiene programme, PRISM in determining cleaning regime requirements, and it’s implementation and use by staff
- The use of washroom sensor technology
- The ground-breaking systems, via Churchill’s digital platform Mo:dus, that uses QR scanning to show both proof of clean and proof of presence
- Innovations around UVD robot integration and electrostatic use to support the elimination of bacteria
- Touch point cleaning every two hours, which is twice as often as WHO guidelines
Greg Dingle, London regional director at the Churchill Group, comments: "We’re delighted with the Bureau Veritas certificates as they provide independent assurance to both the general public and station employees that we have excellent health and hygiene protocols in place. The successful assessments are a result of our collaborative approach with Network Rail High Speed since the very start of our partnership. The certificates are also testament to all of the Churchill employees that have worked diligently throughout the pandemic to ensure that the stations are safe for others to use."
Jay Khan, head of passenger strategy at Network Rail High Speed, adds: "We recognise that the public will want reassurance before they visit busy transport hubs that they are safe, and these certificates do exactly that. Churchill has been an invaluable partner throughout the pandemic and we look forward to implementing further innovations that ensure best-in-class hygiene practices at our High Speed stations."