A survey by passenger watchdog Transport Focus says that customers using Great Northern are the country’s most satisfied with the cleanliness of their trains.
Of the passengers interviewed for the national survey over the past 12 weeks, 91 per cent of those using Great Northern said they were satisfied with how clean the interior of their train was – 12 percentage points above the national figure of 79 per cent.
The survey also shows that train cleanliness is now one of the most important aspects of passengers’ journey experience, topped only by punctuality and level of crowding.
Great Northern had the second-highest scores for both overall satisfaction (95 per cent, behind only c2c) and level of crowding (84 per cent, behind only Merseyrail). For satisfaction with punctuality, Great Northern’s 85 per cent was two points above the national figure.
Nine in every ten Thameslink passengers were satisfied with their journey overall, and 85 per cent were satisfied with train cleanliness. The operator was consistently above the national figure for all aspects reported.
Rob Mullen, Train Services Director for Great Northern and Thameslink, said: “We’re grateful to our customers for this encouraging vote of confidence. It’s great to see our hard work is paying off, but we know we’ve got to keep that hard work going to ensure everyone’s health and comfort as we welcome them back to the railway.
“The safety of our passengers is our top priority. We sanitise all of our train carriages every day and use a long-lasting viricide across stations and trains which kills coronavirus for weeks at a time.”
To keep passengers and staff safe, Great Northern and Thameslink are continuing an enhanced cleaning regime focused on touch points. All train carriages are sanitised every day, and viricides are applied regularly to give long-lasting protection across stations, trains and staff areas. Weekly Covid safety checks are carried out across trains and stations, looking at cleaning and passenger information. All air-conditioned trains continually refresh the air in each carriage every six to nine minutes.