Lancashire Times
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11:32 AM 18th February 2021

Meet Manchester’s Sanitation Busters Who Keep Key Workers Across The North Safe Every Day

Nathan Fletcher, Lee Webber and Nathan Boswell have all worked round the clock to ensure the safety of customers making essential travel in Manchester
20 teams of sanitation busters, located throughout the North, have been keeping customers safe from COVID-19 during lockdown
The teams have collectively spent more than two years cleaning the trains in just 8 months.

Nathan Fletcher, Lee Webber and Nathan Boswell, three local sanitation busters, have been working round the clock to ensure key workers and essential travellers in Manchester and the North are kept safe every day.

Nathan Boswell
Nathan Boswell
Nathan Fletcher, 20, Lee Webber, 44 and Nathan Boswell, 24, who have been a part of the TransPennine Express (TPE) cleaning team for more than 10 years collectively, have worked tirelessly during lockdown to ensure that every touchpoint on the trains and within Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport Station has 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 three sanitation busters and the rest of the Manchester 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.”

Nathan FletcherNathan Fletcher
Lee WebberLee Webber

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.”

Customer Experience Manager for TransPennine Express Emma Teale said:
“I couldn’t be prouder of our Manchester 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.
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