JR-West Kanazawa Branch, COVID-19 Countermeasure
On June 17th, the Kanazawa branch of the West Japan Railway Company (JR-West) addressed to news media that trains operating within the Hokuriku area (excluding Shinkansen trains) are undergoing antiviral and antibacterial treatment at the Kanazawa Consolidated Railyard (in Hakusan City, Ishikawa Prefecture), as part of the infection countermeasures against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and the like.
Of the 431 trains under the branch’s jurisdiction, 222 limited-express trains are expected to complete the treatment process by the end of July; up to now, approximately 25% of the trains have completed the process. After the limited-express trains, the regular trains will undergo the same treatment.
On this day, JR-West employees were performing antiviral and antibacterial operations, including spraying disinfectant on handles, tables, and seats. Parts that are more frequently touched and handled by passengers are sprayed over twice. The antiviral and antibacterial effects will last for 3 to 5 years, and also has deodorizing and mould-preventing properties.