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I note the progress on bus driver toilet provision in the Bus Driver Facility Improvements report to the 4 September 2019 Safety, Sustainability and Human Resources Panel of Transport for London (TfL). It is stated that there is still one bus route without any toilet facilities at either terminus, and three bus routes with limited access to toilets and where the bus service continues beyond the opening hours of the available facilities. The report says that the aim is: "to have provided facilities on these routes by autumn 2019." In which month of Autumn 2019 will bus drivers working on these routes have full access to toilet facilities?
The report should have stated that Transport for London (TfL) will provide toilets on all of the remaining routes in scope by autumn 2020 and has now been corrected. This error was noticed after publication and was reported verbally at the public meeting of the Safety, Sustainability and Human Resources (SSHRP) where this report was considered.
This timeframe allows for some challenges to be resolved including addressing concerns in residential areas. TfL plans to install a toilet for route 124 by November this year if consents can be obtained from the Royal Borough of Greenwich and impacts on residents can be minimised. In rare instances where there appear to be no other options, routes will be adapted to places where toilets are available.
TfL achieved an ambitious target of providing 42 prioritised routes with temporary or permanent toilets by the end of July and is working to make all of these permanent by spring next year.