UK Rail Stations Rake in Millions From Charging for Toilets

By Gary Cutlack on at

The UK's train stations are raking it in when it comes to us needing to go to the toilet before getting on one of their services, with several of the most trafficked stations earning seven-figure sums from charging to use their toilets.

The stats come from the Liverpool Echo, which says that less than half of the money earned from charging to use the toilets at Liverpool Lime Street was actually spent on staff and stuff. In the 2013-14 year, the Liverpool loos earned £129,998 -- but just £52k of that was spent on paying toilet staff, refilling the loo roll holders and cleaning up the mess you made of cubicle #7.

The numbers show that Victoria station earned £2.3m from its toilets, with Euston taking £1.8m and Manchester Piccadilly taking £1.1m over the same three-year period.

A Network Rail spokesman told the paper: "The small charge we make for using the public toilet facilities in our stations helps to maintain them, ensures they are fully staffed and prevents misuse such as vandalism and other anti-social behaviour. Any profit from station toilets is reinvested in the railway and passenger facilities."

If you're waiting for a train with several children all juiced on on expensive bottled water bought in the station, it can add a fortune to a day out. They rip you off for fluids on the way in and again on the way out. We'd suggest there should at least be some sort of sliding scale put in place, perhaps ranging from 10p for a child to do a wee up to £3 for a businessman to do a poo after 10pm, seeing as the latter requires much more in the way of cleaning manpower and consumables. [Liverpool Echo via Standard]