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You can now pee for free at every major London station

James Manning

Halle-loo-jah! We’re flushed with pride to announce that you no longer need to spend a penny to spend a penny at any of London’s major railway stations.

Network Rail revealed last year that travellers had paid a total of £24 million over the previous ten years to use toilets at five of London’s busiest stations. Having already stopped charging at London Bridge, Charing Cross and Victoria, the public body announced that it would phase out the fee to pee at its other main hubs too.

Paddington went free in January, followed by Waterloo and Euston last month. Now Liverpool Street and King’s Cross have finally joined the gratis bog club, making it easier than ever to get some sweet relief while out and about in London. (Sadly, the smaller Marylebone and Blackfriars stations aren’t included in the great station toilet liberation, as they aren’t run by Network Rail.)

As part of its ‘passenger first’ programme, Network Rail is also introducing water fountains at most of its stations and bringing in more seating. But it’s the scrapping of the draconian 30p charge at Liverpool Street that makes us happiest. Do pop in for a celebratory slash next time you’re in the area.

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