Toilet Provision on Bus Routes

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What is TfL doing to ensure adequate toilet provision is available on all bus routes?


Answer for Toilet Provision on Bus Routes

Answer for Toilet Provision on Bus Routes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL have given a high priority to ensuring that adequate toilet facilities are available to bus drivers on all routes. Considerable progress has been made in recent years, including:· 23 Automatic Conveniences (ACs) installed· 2 new toilet cabins provided in conjunction with mess rooms· A substantial number of agreements reached with third parties, such as taxi firms, council offices, libraries, etc., to allow bus drivers to use their facilities· Formal agreement with London Underground (before it became part of TfL) for bus drivers to use the toilets at all 54 stations that have adjacent bus terminalsIn addition, TfL has agreed a prioritised programme of toilet provision with the bus operators and the TGWU to address the remaining requirements:· Priority 1 - routes that have no toilet at either end· Priority 2 - 24-hour and Night Bus routes that do not have access throughout their hours of operation· Priority 3 - routes that have a toilet at one end, but have a particularly long round-trip journey timeAll new drivers' facilities require planning consent. Despite TfL's efforts, some local planning authorities have been less than supportive. At present there are 3 locations where planning consent has been refused. Appeals are in progress.