This week, the London Assembly published their report on public toilets in London.
In January, the London Assembly Health and Public Services Committee had begun reviewing public toilet provision across the capital.
Although the Mayor has no statutory role in toilet provision, the review aimed to look at ways in which he could help.
Transport for All welcomed this review as we know that concerns about finding a useable toilets can be the source of a great deal of stress and anxiety for older and disabled people when they do travel. Increasing the provision of public toilets, improving the accessibility and pleasantness of existing toilets, and including the views of disabled and older people when designing toilets, must be a priority for transport providers.
To conduct the review, the Health and Public Services Committee has gathered views and information from local authorities, voluntary organisations, industry groups and independent experts. The committee met with TFL and held an online public consultation.
Transport for All, drawing on the comments and responses of our members, made a response to the consultaion.
The investigation reviewed all public toilets across the capital, including those across the transport network.
The key findings of the report are:
- None of the eight new Crossrail stations will have public toilets. The committee believes this to be wasted opportunity to increase the number of accessible toilets at relatively low cost, especially as all the new stations will have step free access
- Access to information about the location, facilities and cost of public toilets is incomplete
- TfL are continuing to upgrade pubic toilets at Underground stations and bus stops
- The number of local authority managed public toilets is declining – with some boroughs providing none at all
CLICK HERE to read the Public toilets in London report in full.
Transport for All have created a list of public toilets on the Underground