THE LAVATORIES at Lewes Railway Station are the best in Britain – and that’s official.
It scooped the National Award for the standard of the loos at a ceremony on Friday.
It was just part of a hat-trick scored by rail company Southern at the National Loo of the Year Awards in Birmingham.
The awards have a simple objective – to encourage the highest possible standards in all types of ‘away from home’ or public lavatories.
Southern’s Class 377 Electrostar trains won the National Award for the best on-train loos. The company also took the top prize in the Market Sector (Transport) category, beating off stiff competition from motorway service areas, roadside restaurants/service stations, airports, ferry ports and bus and coach stations.
On the night, one of the judges commented that he was made extremely welcome at both Lewes and Worthing stations and Southern had clearly made a step change in service provided. He also remarked that the company was a clear ambassador for train operators.
Commenting on the successes, Southern’s Head of Customer Experience, Emma Toms, said: “We’re delighted to have won two national categories and a sector win.
“The station staff at Lewes take great care to ensure that the best possible standards are maintained, and it is a testament to the hard work by our train cleaners and depot engineers that they have been recognised for having the finest train toilets in the country.”
Every entry received unannounced visits from an authorised Loo of the Year Inspector and was assessed against 100 judging criteria including signage and decor, fixtures and fittings and overall standards of cleanliness and management.
Elsewhere, Southern will be provided with 130 new carriages to tackle overcrowding after £80m of government support was announced in the Autumn Statement. It was something Lewes MP Norman Baker had been pressing for.
The Statement included more than £1.4billion of investment in railway infrastructure and commuter links.
Mr Baker said: “The provision of 130 new carriages is really good news for all those who use Southern’s services, such as my constituents in Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven and Polegate.
“Coming on top of the 2 per cent reduction in planned rail fares, which I fought hard for, this is bumper good news for local rail travellers.”