Meet our Sanitation Busters who are keeping key workers safe

Thursday 18th February 2021

Sanitation busters, Nathan Fletcher, Lee Webber, Nathan Boswell, Ruby Grant, Charles Taylor and Scott Brannan have been working round the clock to ensure key workers and essential travellers in the North are kept safe each and every day.

The six sanitation busters, who have been a part of the TransPennine Express (TPE) cleaning team for more than 11 years collectively, have worked tirelessly during lockdown to ensure that every touchpoint on the trains and within Liverpool Lime Street, Huddersfield and Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly station have been kept clean and safe for essential travellers.

In total, there are 20 sanitation teams across the North at TransPennine Express and the teams have collectively spent more than two years cleaning the trains in just eight months to ensure no seat is left unturned in the fight against COVID-19.

With passenger numbers expected to rise when lockdown is lifted, the six sanitation busters and the rest of the TransPennine Express sanitation team will continue to ensure that every area within the 100 plus carriages that operate throughout the North is kept sanitised.

Nathan Fletcher, said: “Keeping our key workers and essential travellers safe is our number one priority and it’s been rewarding to know that we’re helping to achieve that. It’s a challenge ensuring that each and every touchpoint is clean but one that I relish, it’s vital that high standards are kept during the process.”

Lee Webber, added: “It’s an honour and a privilege to be a part of this team and I’m proud to be doing my bit to help get us out of this pandemic.”

Ruby Grant, said: “I feel proud of myself, especially when passengers comment on my work, it opens up my eyes a little more and I realise how vital the job is that we are doing to protect people.”

Nathan Boswell, said: “I’ve had to adapt in my role as a sanitation buster and now I’m a lot more hands on but I’m proud to be able to contribute in some way in what are hard times for the country.”

Charles Taylor, said: “I recently moved to the team and although I’ve not been there long I’m relishing every moment and I’m extremely proud to know that I’m making a difference.”

Scott Brannan, commented: "I feel extremely proud to be leading a great team of cleaners that take pride in the job and want to keep customers safe. It really does make you realise how important our roles are."

Customer Experience Manager for TransPennine Express Emma Teale said: “I couldn’t be prouder of our sanitation team and we can’t thank them enough for the job they have been doing to help keep our essential travellers and our own colleagues safe during this year.”

For those requiring essential travel, tickets can be purchased online via the TransPennine Express website or using the TPExpress App where people can now pay using Apple Pay or PayPal. E-tickets are also available allowing customers to use their phone instead of a paper ticket.

Unless exempt, face coverings must be worn at all times on the train and at the station and it’s key that people follow the guidance provided to protect others.  More information can be found here:


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