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Toilet charges to be scrapped at major train stations from April

Toilet charges to be scrapped at major train stations from April

Toilets will be free to use at most major train stations from 1 April next year.

Network Rail announced earlier this year that charges of up to 30p at all of the 18 stations it runs would be canned, and has now confirmed this will be from next April.

It has already scrapped the fees at 11 stations, but from 1 April 2019, toilets at the remaining seven will also become free to use.

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Which stations does Network Rail manage?

The following stations are managed by Network Rail, and so will have free-to-use toilets from April 2019:

  • Birmingham New Street (already free)
  • Bristol Temple Meads (already free)
  • Edinburgh Waverley (30p)
  • Glasgow Central (30p)
  • Leeds (already free)
  • Liverpool Lime Street (already free)
  • London Bridge (already free)
  • London Cannon Street (already free)
  • London Charing Cross (already free)
  • London Euston (30p)
  • London King's Cross (30p)
  • London Liverpool Street (30p)
  • London Paddington (30p)
  • London St Pancras International (already free)
  • London Victoria (already free)
  • London Waterloo (30p)
  • Manchester Piccadilly (already free)
  • Reading (already free)

What about other stations?

While the changes will affect some of the biggest stations in the UK, many more aren't run by Network Rail and are instead operated by separate companies, such as individual train firms.

In some cases these companies do charge passengers to use the toilet at these stations – and that won't change as a result of this announcement.

What does Network Rail say?

A spokesperson said: "As part of our drive to make our stations more friendly, accessible and open to the people who use them every day, we are making the toilets free from April.

"This is part of a series of improvements we've been making, including the introduction of water fountains, more help points, massive investments into station facilities and improvements for disabled station users."