Transport-ing toilets of the future to increase travel for all

Latest research shows transport hubs still need to make significant improvements, especially to their toilets, to enable more people to use the services.

But management can enhance their toilet provision more easily, despite new legislation and ‘good practice’ guidance, with a new online document.

Clos-o-Mat, the UK’s leading disabled toileting solutions provider, has published a white paper, Provision of Accessible Toilets in Public Transport Sites. In one source, available for download, the guide covers the affects of the new Building Regulations Approved Document M 2013, plus all other appropriate guidelines, to create the most accessible toilet provision at transport hubs.

Robin Tuffley, Clos-o-Mat marketing manager, elaborates:

“The 3 modes of transport adults with an impairment report to use ‘less than would like’ are local buses (18%), and long distance trains (18%). Some 25% of disabled people surveyed after the 2012 Olympics said they still had problems using train stations, sometimes enough to put them off completely, in particular being unable to access toilets.

“Research also shows people- able or disabled- make a conscious decision NOT to visit somewhere if they believe there are not appropriate toilets. There are over 11 million disabled people in the UK- 1 in 6 of the population, so their needs, especially regarding going to the toilet away from home, are a significant and important consideration to be addressed. The white paper aims to provide a simple reference point for providers, sparing them having to wade through reams of complicated documentation to ensure compliance.”

The white paper can be downloaded free of charge at The website also has available for free download other sector-specific white papers, plus all relevant CAD drawings.

Clos-o-Mat has a proven track record in the provision of appropriate disabled toileting facilities at transport hubs, having completed projects at, among others, Paddington Station, Gatwick Airport and Stoke Bus Station. Further, Clos-o-Mat is unique in being able to deliver, in house, design advice, supply, install, commissioning and maintenance, and complete project management, of all the equipment for a hygiene room or accessible washroom, toilet or changing room. It has over 50 years’ experience in the sector, whilst its Palma Vita is the only unit of its kind developed specifically for disabled people. Clos-o-Mat is now the UK’s leading supplier of hygiene rooms and their public equivalent, Changing Places toilets.