Antimicrobial Protection for Public Transport


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 (PHV) 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. Find out more about microbial hotspots and how microbes travel on public transport.

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 for cross-contamination, 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.

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. The supply chain is adjusted to include BioCote® as the supplier of the antimicrobial additive to the relevant component supplier, who are operating under the specifications of the transport provider.

Being HACCP International certified, BioCote® technology is approved safe for food contact products. Find out more about how BioCote® antimicrobial technology works.

Virtually any material can be treated simply by introducing the right additive during its manufacturing process, from polymers over coatings and paints to textiles. We work with you to identify the right additive that works for your product. Learn more about the additive specification process.

Treatable Interior Touchpoints

BioCote® protection can be integrated into key areas and products for public transport carriages and vehicles:

  • Grab bars & handles
  • Seating textiles
  • Controls & switches
  • Interior panels
  • Flooring

Treatable System Components

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

  • HEPA filters | HVAC
  • Water delivery and waste-water pipes

To find out how you can protect your own products with proven BioCote® antimicrobial technology, simply get in touch with a member of the team on
+44 (0)2477 712 489. Alternatively, you can contact us via the contact form.

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