Toilet Charges At London Train Stations Will Be Scrapped, Starting Next Year

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Network Rail have announced that they’ll be abolishing toilet charges at major London stations.

Do you own a bladder? Do you sometimes have to pee? Do you find it wildly inconvenient that you have to pay for the “privilege” to relieve said bladder when you need to pee at a train station? Well, good news for every single human being on earth, because these toilet charges are finally peeing off.

If you don’t remember this iconic scene, you deserve to pay to pee*.

Figures obtained by the BBC have revealed that Network Rail collected £4.8m in toilet charges in the last financial year. That’s huge. Unfortunately the new free-to-pee situation won’t be happening tomorrow, nor next week, but we are promised that the charges will be gone at some point in 2019. A year is a long time to wait, but at least we can look forward to the forthcoming freedom. I, for one, will be peeing ’til my bladder’s content.

This new, altruistic move coincides with the introduction of free drinking water fountains in mainline train stations, starting with Charing Cross this month. Nice one, Network Rail.

If you don’t like spending money, here are 150 things to do in London that will cost you nothing at all.

*Okay, literally nobody deserves to pay to pee. But you should watch Bridge to Terabithia, though. 


📸 Photo credit: Jon Howard

Georgie Hoole

Georgie Hoole

Georgie is Deputy Editor at Secret London. She loves a trendy café and is all too familiar with the extortionate price of a coffee in the capital. She enjoys the finer things in life (like red wine on a school night and eating Ben and Jerry's straight from the tub) and hasn't quite grasped the concept of adulthood yet.