London commuter line’s £1.1 billion new trains have no toilets

Crossrail's Tunnel Boring Machine

Crossrail's Tunnel Boring Machine Image by Annie Mole / CC BY 2.0

A £1.1 billion fleet of 65 high-speed trains ordered for the London commuter line Crossrail Rail have no toilets on board. Now bosses are being asked to justify spending these vast amounts on such transport facilities - due to be launched in 2018 - where passengers can’t spend a penny.

ITV report that the project was designed to increase the rail capacity in London by 10%. Each train can carry 1500 passengers. But there are no toilets on board. And making matters worse is the fact that some Crossrail stations will also have no toilet facilities either. Crossrail executives are due to be questioned by members of the London Assembly today on these issues.

Meanwhile commuters had to evacuate  from a London Underground train yesterday after reports of smoke coming from a carriage. The Evening Standard reports that the Piccadilly line service train travelling into central London pulled up at Osterley station, in west London, after passengers said they could smell smoke just before 11am. Travellers said they could hear the carriage 'making irregular noises' before they were made to get off the smoking train.

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