When train operators need rapid response rail cleaning

REACT’s rapid response rail sector cleaning teams works with train operators to combat passenger damage, sewage leaks and flooding, or graffiti.


train operators need rapid response rail cleaning
REACT’s rapid response rail sector cleaning teams can quickly resolve all urgent issues

Train operators must always have their eyes on the clock. They must work to tight timetables to get passengers to their destinations in a timely fashion. But they must also react rapidly to whatever is thrown their way. Rolling stock might need to be taken out of service at short notice. Whether that’s because of passenger damage and mess, sewage leaks and flooding, or graffiti, REACT is there to help. Our rapid response rail sector cleaning teams can quickly resolve all such urgent issues. Together we can limit downtime and return rolling stock to service in short order.


What’s covered by rapid response rail sector cleaning?

Precise figures on the number of train carriages in the UK are difficult to pin down. That’s in part due to the nature of franchised rail services across the network. However, the Rail Delivery Group estimated the number to be around 13,000 in 2019. With a long-term rolling-stock strategy in place and new carriages being delivered, these numbers are set to rise to nearly 16,000 in coming years.


When train operators need rapid response urgent cleaning, they can call REACT Specialist Cleaning. Our rapid response teams will resolve urgent incidents such as sewage leaks and flooding, as well as graffiti and damage from anti-social behaviour. We provide a 24/7 response for urgent problems. All our cleaning specialists who work trackside are Personal Track Safety (PTS) qualified. For most train operators, it’s two particular areas of concern that we can address with urgent cleaning services.


Flood and sewage clean-up maintains hygiene standards

One key problem that undermines passenger experience is faulty bathroom equipment that causes floods, leaks or sewage spills. Train operators need to be able to supply fully functioning toilets, especially on longer intercity journeys. It’s a problem that can take rolling stock out of service when it’s needed.


Using advanced equipment, our operators will remove excess water, sewage or waste and dry the units as quickly as possible. Once dry, we will use leading-edge materials to clean and disinfect the affected areas thoroughly, enabling operators to return rolling stock to service with minimum disruption.


Graffiti removal helps with visibility

From an outsider’s perspective, graffiti may just seem like an unsightly inconvenience. But for train operators, it can have more serious consequences. It diminishes their brand presence and can undermine public trust. It can also often be offensive, by using inappropriate language and slurs. Graffiti clearly requires urgent removal, especially when it’s on a train operator’s rolling stock. Time is of the essence as spray paints can take several days to 'go off' properly. Therefore, rapid removal is quicker, and more effective, if conducted early.


Our rapid response team will make sure they use appropriate methods to remove graffiti from rolling stock (as well as buildings and other infrastructure). Cleaning rolling stock correctly is critical and requires specific treatments. Not only are we careful not to damage painted surfaces, but we also look after those wrapped in self-adhesive films and printed graphics. REACT's experienced and fully vetted operatives are on hand at short notice 24/7 – so whatever the issue, our urgent cleaning teams can get the job done.


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To find out more about REACT Specialist Cleaning and our rapid response rail cleaning services, 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.