Massive news for anyone with a bladder: from 2019, you won’t have to spend a penny to spend a penny at any of London’s mainline rail stations. Network Rail has announced it will scrap toilet charges at King’s Cross, Euston, Liverpool Street, Paddington and Waterloo (London Bridge, Charing Cross and Victoria went free-to-pee last year).
In the ten years to 2017, the public body made more than £24 million from its London stations’ five most lucrative loos. As well as dropping the charges by the end of next year, it will soon start installing free public drinking fountains in stations, starting with Charing Cross by the end of the month. We salute the new era of public-spirited train stations. That 30p fee at Liverpool Street can’t go soon enough.