Three suitably themed articles from the Daily Telegraph…..
Which London train station toilet made £2.3 million from passengers?
Toilets at stations in London, Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh are flush with cash from desperate rail users – here are the biggest earners
Train station toilets are making a small fortune from passengers desperate to relieve themselves. London Victoria topped the list of high-earning toilets, raking in £2.3 million from passengers in the past three financial years, while Manchester Piccadilly made £1.1 million. Euston managed to make £1.8 million, King’s Cross £1.4 million and Edinburgh Waverly and Liverpool Lime Street made a comparably paltry £750,000 and £400,000 respectively.
Data released by National Rail found that in at least one case, more than half the amount was retained in profit by the train station and not used for the upkeep of the toilets. National Rail still maintains that the charge is there to “prevent vandalism and maintain toilets”. However, in the case of Liverpool Lime Street, more than half of the money was kept for profit, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.
A National Rail spokesman told the paper: “Network Rail operates the biggest and busiest stations in Britain. Toilet facilities are available at all these stations and are open to everyone, not just rail users. The small charge we make for using the public toilet facilities in our stations helps to maintain them, ensures they are fully staffed and prevents misuse such as vandalism and other anti-social behaviour. Any profit from station toilets is reinvested in the railway and passenger facilities.”
Britain’s highest earning station toilets :
- London Victoria: £2,300,511
- Euston: £1,828,110
- Kings Cross: £1,394,795
- Paddington: £1,172,740
- Manchester Piccadilly: £1,115,677
- London Liverpool St: £1,007,414
- Edinburgh Waverley: £7,521,94
- Birmingham New Street: £702,533
- Charing Cross: £653,721
- Glasgow Central: £601,478
- Leeds: £544,976
- Liverpool Lime Street: £402,680
- London Bridge: £358,658
But the pressing question must be, “Where’s Waterloo?”
The next one show a certain amount of initiative…..
Southeastern passenger trapped in train toilet begs for help on Twitter
Company director Steven Staples tweets SOS after becoming trapped in toilet on Southeastern train from London Blackfriars to Orpington
Read all about it here.
Finally, a desperate plea for help…..
Teen trapped without toilet paper on Virgin train Tweets for help
A teenager travelling between Euston and Glasgow suffered every train passenger’s worst nightmare – running out of loo paper at the critical moment, only to be saved by Virgin Trains’ enterprising social media team
Best quotes (my bold text)….
Stricken Mr Greenwood took a careful step outside the bathroom to check which wagon he was in before again Tweeting the company to alert them to his whereabouts.
Looks like Virgin have upgraded their coaching stock again, and….
Thinking back, if I hadn’t tweeted, I could’ve been in a very sticky situation!
Strictly no comment…..