Public Transport: Air Conditioning

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Question to the Department for Transport:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they had made of proposals by Spanish bus and coach builder Irizar to modify air-conditioning systems to reduce passengers' inhalation of air-born droplets or micro-particles by ionising the air entering each system, and to use increased levels of oxygen in such systems to combat viruses via oxidisation; and in particular, whether such methods could be used on trains or trams to tackle pollen, fungal spores, bacteria and other microbes, as well as COVID-19 and other viruses.


Answered by
Baroness Vere of Norbiton Portrait
Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
This question was answered on 16th June 2020

We have not made any assessment of the proposals made by Spanish bus and coach builder Irizar to modify air-conditioning systems. However, we are aware that the industry is looking at various options around modifying air conditioning to give greater protection.

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