A powerful, long-lasting sanitising treatment, which kills 99.99 per cent of viruses and bacteria on surfaces is being trialled on trains operated by Avanti West Coast.

With a potential increase in passenger numbers following the easing of lockdown measures, the inter-city operator has been testing Zoono Z-71 inside the carriage of its Pendolino and Super Voyager fleets.

The disinfectant uses no alcohol and is scientifically proven to be highly effective against viruses and bacteria. It lasts for an extended period of time and is reapplied on a monthly basis.

It is being sprayed in carriages using a “fogging” or misting machine and is the latest addition to Avanti West Coast’s already increased safety procedures.

These include enhanced cleaning routines onboard trains and at stations with a focus on all high-touch-point areas such as door buttons, grab handles, tables and equipment.

Last month Avanti West Coast introduced limited capacity on its trains, encouraging customers to reserve a space before they travel to ensure social distancing.

Gus Dunster, executive director of operations at Avanti West Coast, said: “Keeping our customers and people safe is always our highest priority. This sanitiser is another addition to help safeguard their journeys.

“Our customers should try to travel at quieter times to make social distancing easier, and there’s advice on our website.

“It’s also important that customers follow the latest government guidance and wear a face covering on public transport, as well as taking other steps such as buying tickets through the app.”