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Toilet charges scrapped at major train stations

Toilet charges scrapped at major train stations

Passengers will no longer have to pay to spend a penny in the busiest train stations, as all toilets in Network Rail-operated stations are free to use from today.

The 30p toilet charges have now been scrapped at Edinburgh Waverley, London King's Cross and London Liverpool Street.

Sixteen other Network Rail-managed stations had already removed the charges, meaning you can now wee for free at all stations run by the organisation.

Network Rail has also installed free water fountains at 16 stations, and promised free drinking water at two more by the summer.

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Which stations does Network Rail operate?

Network Rail manages toilets at 19 stations, all of which now are now free: 

  • Birmingham New Street (free since 2015)
  • Bristol Temple Meads (always free)
  • Clapham Junction (free since April 2018) 
  • Edinburgh Waverley (free from today)
  • Glasgow Central (free since February 2019)
  • Guildford (free since April 2018)
  • Leeds (free since December 2018)
  • Liverpool Lime Street (free since December 2018)
  • London Bridge (free since August 2018)
  • London Cannon Street (always free)
  • London Charing Cross (free since December 2016)
  • London Euston (free since March 2019)
  • London King's Cross (free from today)
  • London Liverpool Street (free from today)
  • London Paddington (free since January 2019) 
  • London Victoria (free since December 2016)
  • London Waterloo (free since March 2019)
  • Manchester Piccadilly (free since December 2018)
  • Reading (always free) 

Other stations are run by train operating companies, meaning there may still be charges.

What does Network Rail say?

Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines said: "Passengers have told us that toilets are an important issue for them and taking this step is just one of a number of small measures we are taking to put our passengers first by helping to make their journeys a bit more hassle-free."