Commuter shares shocking photos showing grime on Central Line

Commuter shares shocking photos showing disgusting grime on Central Line tube carriage grab poles after cleaning them with wet wipe

  • Christina Ross, 27, was on the Tube to work in London when she noticed the dirt
  • She whipped out some wipes and did quick rub down, finding disgusting residue
  • She is now urging Transport for London to do better when cleaning the carriages

A commuter on the London Underground has shared shocking photos showing grime on the Central Line carriage grab poles after cleaning them with a wet wipe.

Christina Ross, 27, was travelling to work in the capital when she noticed how dirty her surroundings were.

She whipped out some wipes and did a quick rub down, with disgusting residue clearly visible.

She is now urging Transport for London to do better when cleaning the carriages during the pandemic.

Christina Ross (pictured), 27, was travelling to work in the capital when she noticed how dirty her surroundings were

Ms Ross tweeted: ‘Despite assurances from @MayorofLondon and @TfL that the central line is regularly cleaned, I never see any cleaners at Epping giving the carriages a spray.

‘So I took a household wipe and did (just the metal poles!) myself. Disgusting.

‘I’ve been back to work and commuting (to an essential business!) for a month now, and the only person I’ve seen is one man picking up the papers at the end, nothing else. How is this safe?

‘New Zealand are tracing cases to the ten-minute period between a lift button being pressed by someone contagious and that button being cleaned – and we can’t even put a bit of antibacterial wipe on a metal pole that hundreds of people will touch in a day.’

Ms Ross was travelling from her home in Epping, Essex, to her workplace in Holborn, central London, last week when she carried out the quick clean.

Ms Ross was travelling from her home in Epping, Essex, to her workplace in Holborn, central London, last week when she carried out the quick clean

She wiped the poles on her carriage only for the wipes to be left grey with dirt. She said: ‘I’m fuming.

‘I get on the Central line at Epping, so the end of the line and the place you would expect these tubes to be cleaned.

‘I have only seen one man collecting papers, NO cleaning.

‘If they are cleaning they’re only doing it at the end of the day at the depot, which is not enough – and the state of the rails would suggest they’re not even doing that.

‘I see the tube come in and I wait for people to get off, then I get on, so I’m not missing anything!’

Ms Ross made sure she addressed her tweets to London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport for London. She hopes they will up their cleaning regimes on the network.

Earlier this year TfL introduced enhanced cleaning, using additional substances like those used in hospitals that kill viruses and bacteria on contact.

It claims to clean key interchanges throughout the day with disinfectant that kills germs on contact and says it frequently wipes down all regular ‘touch point’ areas such as poles and doors every day.

It has even used UV light to clean the handrails on escalators at Heathrow T123 Tube station and added more than 200 sanitising devices are being installed on 110 escalators across the London Underground.

TfL has been contacted for comment.

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