All train stations managed by Network Rail will see the joy of free toilets restored from 2019, as the outgoing chief executive tries to return a bit of dignity to the art of travelling by rail.
This will make a lot of travellers happy, although the stations — which rake it in from toilet fees — stand to lose millions of pounds each year. Outgoing Network Rail boss Mark Carne explained his epiphany with: "As a customer organisation I think it is quite wrong to penalise people when they are in discomfort. Our job should be to make their life easier, not more difficult. We want to treat people with dignity and respect."
Network Rail manages the largest and most profitable station toilets, including those that form London's main hubs and Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh stations, where it can cost as much as 50p to get through the barriers and do a wee. Charges should be gone by 2019, when the next funding contract starts. [The Times]
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