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Toilet charges scrapped at busiest train stations

Toilet facilities at all Network Rail stations are now free to use. Credit: PA

Toilet charges have been scrapped at all of Britain’s busiest railway stations.

On Monday, London Liverpool Street, London King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverley became the last of 20 Network Rail stations to make their toilets free to use.

Previously, some toilets charged up to 50p per person to use the facilities.

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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.”

In December last year, the charges were scrapped at other stations run by Network Rail, including Leeds, Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street.

Anthony Smith, chief executive of independent watchdog Transport Focus, said: “Scrapping toilet charges is a welcome step for passengers.

Edinburgh Waverley has scrapped toilet charges. Credit: PA

"Toilets are a priority for improvement at stations according to our research and will signal the end of fumbling around in your pocket for change to spend a penny.”

Other improvements being made at Network Rail stations include the introduction of water fountains, better and more seating, and reducing clutter on concourses.