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Network Rail to scrap toilet charge (Consumer media)

It’s good news for commuters as Network Rail scraps toilet charges at Leeds, Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street stations and vows to end toilet charges at all 20 of its stations by 1stApril 2019.  

Network Rail own and operate the railway infrastructure in England, Wales and Scotland on behalf of the nation, with 20 of Britain’s busiest railway stations under its management. The move is part of a nationwide drive to make its stations “more friendly, accessible and open”.

Kevin Wellman, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) said, “This is most welcome news and we applaud Network Rail on their moves to improve free public access to toilets.” 

“Putting barriers up to access these vital facilities has a negative impact on everyone, including women, the elderly, the disabled, those with young children, parents with babies and those with health issues. For such a large publicly owned body to forgo a lucrative revenue stream, for the greater good of its customers, is a step in the right direction. We hope other stations will follow suit.”

The CIPHE’s ‘Love Your Local Lav’ campaign has been highlighting the devastating impact a loss of public toilet facilities can have on society, local communities and the economy. Find out more at www.ciphe.org.uk/loveyourlav