Southern Railways dropping toilets from new train fleet
If you’re a regular traveller on Southern Railway’s trains, you’d better start making sure that you go to the little boy’s or little girl’s room before you get on before long – from December they’re introducing a new fleet of trains that will have no toilets on board.
The trains will run on the Portsmouth to Brighton service, a journey that lasts for and hour and a half, although Southern Railway say that most people on that route are on board for less than half an hour.
Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers' union guvnor Bob Crow hasn’t been slow to start crowing in opposition to the ‘no-bogs’ decision, calling the move “unacceptable” and suggesting that carriages will become no more than “stinking cattle trucks”. Hmm, a measured response there.
Do you travel on the Portsmouth-Brighton service? Will the absence of toilets affect your journey? Will you find yourself forced to travel with an empty two-litre pop bottle between your legs just in case? Tell us. Send pics if you like.