The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

UK Railway Stations Receive Awards for Cleaning Excellence

UK Railway Stations Receive Awards for Cleaning Excellence
19 July 2021 | Updated 20 July 2021
 

Three HS1 stations, managed by Network Rail, have received Certificates of Assurance from Bureau Veritas for COVID-19 risk management.

St Pancras International, Stratford and Ebbsfleet rail stations have all received accolades for exceptional cleaning and hygiene standards that have helped to minimise the risk posed by COVID-19.

Soft service provider Churchill Group manages cleaning and hygiene at the stations. 

 

Robot Integration and Touchpoint Cleaning

 

All three stations are managed by Network Rail High Speed (NRHS) and were the only stations in its network to receive the certificates. Churchill has worked with NRHS since 2017 to deliver cleaning, janitorial and pest control services. It has ramped up its work since the start of the pandemic to implement the highest standard of cleaning and hygiene services.

Bureau Veritas 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.

Each assessment has two stages – a support system assessment and site assessment. All stations passed both assessments with just a handful of suggested improvements. Bureau Veritas highlighted a number of Churchill processes for the successful assessments, including:

 

  1. Churchill’s workplace and hygiene programme PRISM, particularly in determining cleaning regime requirements, and its implementation and use by staff
  2. The use of washroom sensor technology
  3. The systems, via Churchill’s digital platform Mo:dus, that use QR scanning to show both proof of clean and proof of presence
  4. Innovations around UVD robot integration and electrostatic use to support the elimination of bacteria
  5. Touchpoint cleaning every two hours, which is twice as often as WHO guidelines

 

Greg Dingle, London Regional Director at Churchill Group, said: “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, said: “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.”

The certificates are valid for six months at which point NRHS is expected to undergo another assessment, which will again be supported by Churchill.

Picture: a photograph of the exterior of St Pancras Station, showing the underground entrance

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 19 July 2021

Share



Related Articles

FM Leaders Win at British Ex-Forces Business Awards 2022

FM leaders from Churchill Services, Mace and Sodexo have been recognised for their contribution to the business world as military veterans. At the fifth annual British...

 Read Full Article
Churchill Signs Care Leavers Covenant and Employers Domestic Abuse Covenant  

Churchill Services has signed the Care Leavers Covenant and the Employers Domestic Abuse Covenant. The CLC and EDAC are two of three covenants introduced by the UK...

 Read Full Article
Louisa Clarke Appointed to Veterans Advisory Board

Churchill Group’s Managing Director for the North and Scotland, Louisa Clarke, has been appointed to the government's Veterans Advisory Board. The board...

 Read Full Article
John Stewart Appointed as Sales Director at Churchill Group

Churchill Group has appointed John Stewart as Director of Strategic Sales. Stewart’s remit will include providing support and guidance to the existing sales...

 Read Full Article
Churchill’s Louisa Clarke Shortlisted in British Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2022

Louisa Clarke from Churchill Group has been nominated in the Business Leader of the Year (large company) category, in the shortlist for the British Ex-Forces in...

 Read Full Article
London's Newest Railway Station – Barking Riverside to Open Summer 2022

Barking Riverside, the capital’s newest railway station, is set to open this summer ahead of schedule. The launch was originally earmarked for autumn 2022, but...

 Read Full Article
TfL Searches for Partner to Expand Commercial Real Estate Portfolio

Transport for London is searching for a new joint venture partner to create a portfolio of three new commercial office developments at Bank, Paddington and...

 Read Full Article
Properties Close to Elizabeth Line Stations Rise in Value

Postcodes with stations due to benefit from the new Elizabeth Line have seen house prices increase by 79 per cent since the project was first announced. The first new...

 Read Full Article
Transport for London’s Elizabeth Line to Open in May 2022

Crossrail services on the new Elizabeth Line are set to open on Tuesday 24 May 2022. Subject to final safety approvals,  it is hoped that the line will operate 12...

 Read Full Article
Transport for London Urges Commuters to Offer Up Seats

Transport for London is encouraging people to give up their seats to people who may need them to mark Priority Seating Week.   Transport for London (TfL)...

 Read Full Article