Spending a penny rakes in £200,000 at Leeds Railway Station

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Spending a penny adds up more than you might think at Leeds Railway Station, which has raked in more than £200,000 in the last 12 months from toilet charges.

The 40p a go charge, believed to be the highest in Leeds to use the loo, sees an average of 788 people a day using facilities in the main station entrance, which sees 28 million passengers a year pass through.

Turnstile barriers ensure people cannot sneak in, but the 40p charge is hefty, compared to most other major stations, including Manchester Piccadilly’s 30p fee.

Today campaigners said it was vital that cash raised was flushed straight back into maintaining toilet standards.

David Sidebottom, director at independent travel watchdog Passenger Focus said: “Passengers dislike having to pay to use toilets at stations, particularly when they have had to pay for an expensive train ticket.

“It is important that money raised is spent on maintaining and improving the toilet facilities at the station.”

The Yorkshire Evening Post is releasing the figures as part of its new Your Right to Know campaign, in which we uncover financial information, performance standards and statistics from public bodies through legislation available to us.

Network Rail, which manages 18 of the biggest stations in the country, charges 30p at most of them, which are used by 24m passengers a year.

A spokesman for Network Rail’s transparency team said: “Between 5 January 2014 and 3 January 2015 the toilet turnstile revenue inside Leeds Station concourse was £204,221.

“Network Rail also pays for major refurbishment and renewal works of the toilets, incurring an additional annual cost of £27,635.”

“In addition the annual cleaning, maintenance and repair costs for all public toilets at Leeds station is £223,319.”

There are other toilets on platforms 8, 12 and 15, which are free. The average daily use of the 40p toilets was 788, bringing in £315 a day.

Network Rail is a not for dividend company, which means any profit from the use of station toilets is reinvested into the railway to help provide better value for taxpayers and farepayers.

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