London's Train Station Toilets Free To Use, From 1 April 2019

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 65 months ago

Last Updated 19 December 2018

London's Train Station Toilets Free To Use, From 1 April 2019

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Waterloo is one of the stations where toilets will be free to use from April 2019. Image: Shutterstock

Well, that's a relief.

We already knew that Network Rail was planning to nix charges for using its train station toilets in London (and indeed the UK). Now we've got a date: 1 April 2019.

Those much-maligned turnstiles and change machines that caused hearts to drops, and bladders to swell, will be removed from Clapham Junction (where the change machine never seems to work, and everyone vaults the stile anyway); Euston; King's Cross; Liverpool Street; and Waterloo.

Train station charges as they stand

In recent times, we've also seen the end of charges at Victoria, London Bridge and Charing Cross, among other London termini. Commuters will invariably be pleased at the news, while Network Rail stands to make an annual loss of £4.8m — though doubtless it'll make up the deficit elsewhere (crippling rent rises in its property portfolio, for instance).

And this isn't quite the end of Londoners paying to use train station toilets, either. Certain stations, not owned by TfL — including well-used ones like Westminster, Piccadilly Circus, Green Park and Bank — continue to demand a fee.