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What can our one stop shop rail cleaning service do?

With our one stop shop rail cleaning service, REACT works with rail operators, manufacturers, and rail premises owners across the UK.

REACT has the experience and expertise to be the specialist cleaning services hub for the UK rail sector.
REACT has the experience and expertise to be the specialist cleaning services hub for the UK rail sector.

As with many aspects of life, cleaning has become ever more important in the rail sector over the past two years. Even in non-pandemic times, it takes a lot to keep a modern rail network clean. This assists in ensuring services run effectively, with smooth and safe operations for passengers and staff alike. REACT is the specialist cleaning services hub for every rail operator, manufacturer, and rail premises owner across the UK. In this blog, we’re looking at six areas that allow us to offer one stop shop rail cleaning services.

1. High-level cleaning

Whatever the premises, high-level canopies face the full force of the weather and are often fouled by bird guano. REACT’s high-level and rope access teams are fully trained in and compliant with the Work at Height Regulations 2005. We conduct a thorough risk assessment and correctly deploy and use specialist equipment. We’re able to organise and manage possessions and isolations. We can utilize specialised equipment such as non-conductive towers and scaffolds, non-conductive cleaning systems and mobile elevating work platforms (MEWP) to get the job done. Within stations, we use our specialist knowledge and expertise to work safely in proximity to the line and overhead line equipment (OLE). And we’ll pay particular attention when working near fragile surfaces.

2. Infection control

Our Infection Control Service is a specialist cleaning and disinfection package which successfully reduces the risk of infections. Infection control is vital on the rail network, during the current pandemic and beyond. It’s especially important to be cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces and objects on trains and other rail facilities, such as door handles and buttons, handrails, ticket machines. Here at REACT, we work to ensure that a proper schedule is maintained. We use a rigorous four-step infection control methodology: test, clean, disinfect and test again. That way, we can provide confidence in effective decontamination.

3. Planned and periodic deep cleaning

REACT has expertise in providing a scheduled and thorough cleaning service for train carriages. Whatever state they’re in, we return them to service efficiently. Our experienced team use quality products and proven techniques to clean carriages inside and out. For interior cleans, we focus on hygiene for passengers, as well as safety for staff. For exterior cleans, we ensure visibility for drivers and passengers, and clarity of train operator branding, resolving deficiencies that arise from carriage-wash machines. By ensuring consistent and reliable cleaning, we deliver safe, hygienic, and pleasant environments for passengers while enhancing the reputation of train operators. And we can do everything from a daily clean through to a planned periodic heavy clean.

4. Premises cleaning

With significant footfall almost 24 hours a day, train stations are amongst the busiest environments in any transport network. REACT provides scheduled nightly cleaning services to maintain standards, and ad hoc incident-related services. It may be hazards such as spillages, broken glass and unsightly (human) waste, or biohazardous waste such as needles and sharps. We use robust procedures to clear the affected area. And it’s not just public areas that need regular and ad hoc cleaning. We can apply specialist treatment to depots, maintenance pits and access platforms if they’ve become soiled, notably with oil and engine fluids.

5. Rapid response cleaning

Whether it’s graffiti, passenger damage and mess, or sewage leaks and flooding, rolling stock might need to be taken out of service at short notice. REACT's rapid response rail sector cleaning teams can quickly resolve all such urgent issues. For most train operators, it’s two areas of concern that we can address with our urgent cleaning services. For graffiti removal on carriages and engine units, we know that speed is of the essence. We use specific treatments to avoid damaging painted surfaces, self-adhesive films, and printed graphics. Meanwhile, we can deal with the aftermath of faulty bathroom equipment which causes floods, leaks, or sewage spills. We dry the affected areas before deploying leading-edge materials to clean and disinfect everything.

6. Trauma cleaning

Dealing with trauma on the rail network is not a subject that comes up in everyday conversation. Sadly, however, it is a reality and (almost) an everyday occurrence. The trauma response service provided by REACT requires sensitivity, specialist knowledge and urgency. REACT works with several rail operators across the country. On-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and throughout the year, our experienced team is readily available to help you deal with a human fatality, animal strike and other emergencies. We expertly clean affected train units so they can be returned to service as soon as possible.

One stop shop rail cleaning from REACT

We know that train operators, manufacturers and rail premises owners have a huge variety of cleaning needs. As specialists in the field, we provide a 24/7 response to urgent problems. We’re always properly equipped and fully trained: all our cleaning specialists that work trackside are Personal Track Safety (PTS) qualified. We take seriously our responsibilities towards our clients, the general public, and the environment. And we’re committed to providing excellent service every time. Whenever you have a cleaning problem on the rail network, REACT is your one stop shop rail cleaning service.

To find out more about REACT Specialist Cleaning and our one stop shop rail cleaning service, contact one of the team today.

Post by Shaun D. Doak

Shaun is the CEO of REACT Group plc., a business dedicated to specialist cleaning, hygiene, and decontamination. He is deeply committed to making sure that every one of our company’s clients receives the highest possible level of service. An expert in HVAC and commercial and industrial cleaning methodologies, Shaun has extensive experience in the facilities management and renewable services sector.


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