Antimicrobial Protection for Public Transport


Treatable Interior Touchpoints

BioCote® additives can deliver ultimate protection to key areas and systems in carriages and vehicles to prevent the build-up of biofilm which can cause product failure: 

Antimicrobial Protection for Public Transport (2)

Tackling hygiene hotspots in public transport

In 2018/19, people made 4.8 billion local bus passenger journeys in Great Britain alone. There were 1.8 billion National Rail passenger journeys. Light rail and tram travel also continued to grow to 0.3 million journeys. On average, each person in England travelled 101 kilometres by taxi or Private Hire Vehicle in 2018. 1

Whether by bus, train, tram, underground or taxi, the statistics clearly show that public transport is a popular way to travel from A to B. The combination of high passenger traffic, multiple touchpoints and less stringent hygiene protocols, however, makes for a perfect microbial breeding ground. This exponentially increases the risk of transferring microbes from surface to surface.  

During their journeys, passengers come into contact with many things that other people touch over the course of the day, such as money, ATM buttons, bathroom door handles, shopping trolleys, and many more.  We may not always have the opportunity to clean our hands whilst on the go, so the microbes we pick up along the way will be transferred onto common touch areas in public transport, such as grab rails, seats and control buttons. 

Apart from posing a hygiene risk, the microbial build-up on surfaces can also cause terrible odours, irremovable staining and premature material degradation of products, which can lead to mechanical or structural weaknesses causing early product failure. 

BioCote® and Project AMICABLE:

Antimicrobial grab poles for use in public transport

Project AMICABLE is an award-winning, 12-month Innovate UK funded project which set out to produce a lightweight, permanently antimicrobial grab pole for use in public transport. This innovation addresses two widely recognised issues: the need to improve customer confidence, post-Covid, in the safety of mass transport systems, and the need to decarbonise transport. 

The lightweight antimicrobial grab poles will be used in a wide range of public transport applications, such as bus, rail, underground and tram, including in the new prototype vehicles of the Coventry Light Rail system. 

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Treatable materials and products

BioCote® can deliver ultimate antimicrobial protection for common touchpoint areas in public transport. Working directly with component manufacturers in each area of the public transport industry, BioCote® antimicrobial additives are integrated into a wide range of products and materials during manufacturing. The antimicrobial technology seamlessly becomes part of the product without changing its look and performance.  

Virtually any material can be treated simply by introducing the right additive during its manufacturing process, from polymers over coatings and paints to textiles.  

Get in touch

BioCote® protected products serve to complement the stringent hygiene principles that are required in the healthcare sector. If you are interested in finding out more about our solutions, or in making your own product range antimicrobial, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the BioCote® team on +44 (0) 2477 712 489. Alternatively, you can contact us here.