Demand for high-speed Sapsan trains continued to recover in July
Demand for Sapsan trains continued to recover in July 2020 following the decline due to the coronavirus epidemic and resulting lockdown.
Passenger numbers on high-speed Sapsan trains in July 2020 amounted to 384,300, which meant that the fall in traffic volumes last month was 29.6% compared to July 2019, while in June it was down by over 62% on June 2019.
This development means that the demand for passenger transport nearly doubled and indicates the wider gradual recovery in demand for travel.
In total, Sapsan trains carried almost 1.8 million passengers in January-July, 45.7% less compared to the same seven months in 2019.
Since the launch of high-speed Sapsan services in 2009, the trains have carried nearly 41 million passengers.
Sapsan trains currently run between Moscow – St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg – Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod.
In order to protect the health of passengers and employees while the epidemic continues, the Russian Railways Holding has taken a whole range of measures.
After every run, all long-distance trains undergo mandatory sanitary treatment with decontamination detergents which active attack viruses. Carriages are cleaned en route more often.
Sapsan trains are also fitted with equipment to ensure the maintenance of a comfortable and safe air environment in the carriages. Climate equipment in the carriages decontaminates the passenger cabin’s air using ultraviolet microbicide lamps, which ensures the destruction of microbes, viruses and other pathogens.
Passenger services in bistro cars are carried out in compliance with all the recommended health and safety measures. Antiseptics are placed on each table, contactless sanitisers are placed on the bar and counter and there are special social distance markings on the floor. All dishes are served in disposable and environmentally-friendly packages. Each order is supplied with a disinfectant napkin.
The health of train crews is constantly monitored before and during the journey. All employees in contact with passengers have their temperatures measured before the start of the working day. In the event that they display any symptoms that indicate a deterioration in their health, they are sent home to call a doctor and obtain a diagnosis.