Sadiq Khan blocks free toilets in London Underground stations, rejects Green Party amendment to invest £20m in new facilities
- Sadiq Khan has refused to install new free toilets about TfL stations
- Transport for London is under pressure to reduce costs
The London Assembly Labor Group has refused the £20 million amendment tabled by the Green party, which would see new toilet facilities installed at Transport for London stations.
According to Green London assembly member Caroline Russell, the proposals could be paid for from TfL cash reserves – which in turn would raise rates.
Sadiq Khan has rejected the initiative to introduce free toilets on the London Underground
“Despite warm words and many years of cross-party support for more loos for London, the Labor Party today chose to vote against my amendment.
“This was a fully budgeted and feasible plan for new, free toilets at TfL stations, which would mean more accessible toilets for everyone if the mayor took over,” she said, according to The Telegraph.
She added that the Labor Party is not prepared to act on their word, and as a result they will be accountable to those who will be affected by their decision, such as the elderly and the disabled.
Labor’s decision comes at a time when Mr Khan is under increasing pressure manage finances at the transport authority.
TfL’s mayor and chairman was recently declared bankrupt and was forced to ask the government in Westminster for billions of pounds of public money to keep the company afloat.
As a result of the aid, TfL now faces the conditional agreement to freeze rates.
Due to the increasing popularity of working from home due to the pandemic, demand for public transport in London remains below pre-pandemic levels.
Tube passenger numbers average between 60% and 80% and bus levels between 80% and 90% – as a result, fare revenues are lower and TfL is forced to cut costs.
Former Campaign for Better Transport minister Norman Baker told the Telegraph: “More public toilets would be welcome on the London Underground, although we understand that TfL is not cash-strapped.”
Mr Baker added that with fares rising, it is understandable that members of the public are already spending a significant amount of money to travel on the Tube.
Transport for London and City Hall have been contacted for comment.
Rising popularity of working from home due to the pandemic means public transport demand in London remains below pre-pandemic levels