As millions of people travel home for Christmas, although face coverings on public transport are now mandatory in most countries, fears about hygiene in shared spaces are as valid as they ever were.
Pre-pandemic surveys showed that around one in ten passengers were already put off the idea of using public transport because no-one really likes touching surfaces including hand-rails and grab poles that have come into contact with literally tens of thousands of people.
Passenger comfort specialist Train Bits & More Ltd. (TBM) has partnered Biomaster to offer bus and train operators greater product protection against bacteria on mass transit systems. Biomaster antimicrobial technology can now be built into coatings for grab poles, seat handles and arm rests supplied by TBM to fleet operators across the UK.
Bacterial transmission by hand is one of the most common ways in which common pathogens are spread in high-traffic, shared areas. Biomaster antimicrobial technology inhibits the growth of harmful microbes 24/7, helping to keep surfaces more hygienic and reducing the opportunity for bacteria to be transferred.
For existing train and bus fittings coated with under-performing polyester powder coatings, TBM also offers a strip and refurbish service to upgrade to Nylon R-AG+ with Biomaster antimicrobial technology.
Neil Smith, TBM Rail director, explains: “We were challenged by one of the country's largest train operating companies to find a solution to replace the traditional inferior Polyester Powder Coat with a system that is durable and can withstand the harsh passenger environments of the interiors on trains and buses.
TBM rose to the challenge and now also supplies Nylon R-AG+ with the added value of Biomaster antimicrobial technology. The technical and marketing support we received from Addmaster was invaluable in helping us educate our customers about the benefits of Biomaster.”
Biomaster antimicrobial technology can also be applied to washroom facilities, toilet tanks and piping and also seat covers.
For more information about TBM Rail services visit the website at www.tbmrail.com.