Network Rail has completed a major refurbishment of the toilets at London Victoria station, utilising Closomat to ensure accessibility.
As a result, the terminus now has a Changing Places 12m2 assisted accessible toilet, including peninsular WC, a height adjustable wash basin, a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, and a full room cover ceiling track hoist.
The Changing Places is alongside the station’s other accessible toilets, at street level on the ‘Sussex’ side of the terminal.
London Victoria becomes the latest step in addressing the need to improve rail accessibility, highlighted in a report which indicated only a third of stations have even a standard wheelchair-accessible toilet.
Even fewer have the more inclusive Changing Places.
Ian Hanson, Network Rail’s stations director for the south east route, said, “When drawing up plans to redesign the toilets at London Victoria, one of our key objectives was to improve the facilities available for passengers with reduced mobility. As such, the inclusion of a Changing Places facility was an easy decision given that it is so much more than just an accessible toilet.
“By including this facility we hope an even wider range of passengers are able to travel through London Victoria without anxiety about where or how they might use the toilet. This aligns with Network Rail’s ambition to make all of our managed stations as inclusive as possible.”
The toilet refurbishment also includes redesigned male & female toilets to better reflect modern station usage and make better use of space and all remain free to use.
Last week, AMP reported on Greater Anglia trains rolling out an accessibility awareness training scheme for staff.
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