Nipping to the toilet in Preston’s refurbished Bus Station is going to cost you in future.Advertisement
Lancashire County Council has installed new toilets but will be charging for the use of them.
Work has been ongoing on the grade-II listed building to revamp the interior and repair the concrete structure.
In the concourse the new toilets, coach facilities, information desk and a new security office are being finalised.
A 20p charge is being introduced from Thursday 1 February.
Change machines have been installed next to the entrance of the toilet.
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Cabinet member for highways and transport county councillor Keith Iddon said: “We’re really pleased with the redevelopment work in the concourse and we’ve already had lots of comments from people about how good it now looks.
“We know that these toilets will be a big improvement on what we had before, with better facilities for people to use. Toilet charges are quite normal at bus and railway stations around the country. People who travel to other places will be familiar with this.
“A small charge helps with the upkeep, reduces the running costs and helps to reduce anti-social behaviour.
“Our multi-million pound redevelopment is progressing well. The concourse has been renovated in keeping with the Listed status and the bus stands have been updated. As a Listed building, we have a responsibility to keep it well-maintained.”
The women’s toilets are located in the coach lounge area, and initially will be unisex toilets until the men’s toilets have been refurbished.
The Changing Places toilet in the Bus Station is not to be charged.
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The new coach station is due to open later this year at the southern end of the Bus Station.
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