Great news for those who need to spend a penny at Manchester Piccadilly train station – bosses have today announced they are to SCRAP toilet fees at the city’s busiest railway hub.
The current 30p charge for the public toilets on the main train station concourse are to be waived from Monday 17th December, meaning an early Christmas present (of sorts) for commuters.
Network Rail confirmed that toilet fees would be lifted at three stations in the north from Monday – Manchester Piccadilly, Liverpool Lime Street and Leeds (the latter of which currently charges 40p to use the loos!).
Bosses say it is the first passenger improvement resulting from a £15 million benefits package, announced last week by rail minister Andrew Jones, for Northern and TransPennine Express customers.
A statement from Network Rail’s bosses said: “We welcome the rail minister’s funding package for passengers in the north. We will respond to this immediately and one of the first changes will be the removal of toilet charges at Manchester Piccadilly, Leeds and Liverpool Lime Street. This is a long-overdue Christmas present for train passengers in the north.”
Network Rail had originally planned to scrap the toilet levies on April 1st 2019, but it is being brought forward.
Last week the rail minister said the disruption suffered by train customers in the north had been “unacceptable.”
“Network Rail will spend an additional £15 million on a passenger benefits package for Northern and TransPennine Express customers,” he said.
An industry-wide recovery project for performance for the north of England was now “focused on delivering reliable and punctual services that people can have confidence in,” he added.