Wednesday 9 Jan 2019
No need to spend a penny as toilet charges scrapped at London Paddington
Passengers at London Paddington can now use the toilets for free after Network Rail removed all charges to use them.
Making the toilets free to use is part of a plan by Network Rail to make toilets free in all their stations by April with London Paddington removing all toilet charges early.
Passengers will also benefit from a new free to use drinking water fountain at London Paddington later in 2019.
Mark Langman, Western route managing director, said: “We are really pleased to be able to offer free use of the toilets for passengers at London Paddington to improve visits to this historic London station.
“We want to help passengers and visitors at the station as much as we can and we hope this step makes their journeys easier and more enjoyable.
“It now means all three of the stations we run along the Great Western Mainline have toilets available free of charge as Bristol Temple Meads and Reading already offered free use of the facilities.”
Anthony Smith, chief executive of the independent watchdog Transport Focus, said: “Scrapping toilet charges is a welcome step for passengers.
“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.”
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