Rail Gourmet, a private catering company that works with a handful of train operators in the north, has been forced to close its Edinburgh base after an outbreak of Covid.
The company, which took over British Rail’s catering contract when it was privatised in 1995, closed the branch after 12 staff members had contracted the virus, according to reports.
The Edinburgh base of Rail Gourmet supplies catering to east coast train operator LNER.
It is thought that a lot of the cases were confirmed after the operation was closed and staff were instructed to get tested.
A spokesperson for Rail Gourmet said: “The health and safety of our colleagues and customers is paramount to us, and we follow strict safety measures, particularly with regards to Covid-19.
“Despite these measures, regrettably, a number of colleagues from our Edinburgh service centre tested positive for Covid-19.
“At least two people infected are colleagues who live together, so it was anticipated that the numbers would increase after closure, as is sadly unavoidable in a family environment.
“In response, we swiftly contacted our local health authority, took action to temporarily close the unit, and all colleagues who had been working the same shift were advised to self-isolate and arrange to be tested.
“We remain in dialogue with the health authority and are currently conducting an internal investigation into the cause of the infections.
“We have put alternative plans in place to ensure we can continue to service our clients and customers, and as soon as it is safe to re-open the service centre, we will do so.”
Rail Gourmet also supplies operators such as TransPennine Express, Great Western Railway and Grand Central.