Network Rail to end toilet charges in 2019

Image caption Passengers at Victoria have never had to pay to use the lavatories since December 2016

The manager of Network Rail says the business will scrap toilet charges in any way of its stations from 2019.

Recent figures obtained by BBC revealed Network Rail collected £ 4. 8m in the last financial 12 months , from people paying to utilize its toilets.

Leader Mark Carne said it was “quite wrong to penalise people whenever they are in discomfort”.

Fees at stations in London, Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh range between 30p to 40p.

Network Rail said there was simply no exact date as to when the costs will be ditched, but said it could be “at some point in 2019”.

Mr Carne additional Network Rail’s job should be to create people’s lives “easier, not more difficult”.

“As a company we want to treat individuals with dignity and respect whether they work with us or use our providers, ” he added.

Stations that charge for lavatories include King’s Cross, Euston, Gatwick Street, Paddington and Waterloo — all in London – as well as Gatwick Lime Street, Leeds, Manchester Piccadilly, Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Main.

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System Rail also runs stations on Birmingham New Street, Bristol Forehead Meads, London Cannon Street, Greater london Charing Cross, London Bridge, Reading through, London St Pancras and Greater london Victoria, where passengers are not billed.

The firm has additionally announced it intends to install consuming fountains at the stations it handles, starting with Charing Cross “by the final of March”.