Lavatory Steel Box For Bus Drivers Cause Friction Between TfL and Residents

A lavatory steel box structure installed by TfL for the convenience of bus drivers at the end of the R2 bus route in Biggin Hill is causing a rift between Transport Managers and local residents.

The junction of Melody Road and Whitby Close where the loo is situated marks the end of the R2 bus route. It is also a quiet suburban cul-de-sac.

Residents see the loo structure as an eyesore and fear that it’s presence would wipe thousands of pounds off the value of their homes.

Buses stop there every 30 minutes from Monday to Saturday and the toilet can only be opened by bus drivers with a special key.

TFL installed the lavatory without formal planning permission under permitted development rights for infrastructure improvements. It claim the choice of site was made after detailed surveys and extensive planning.

Nick Fairholme, director of project and programme delivery at TfL, said: “We are sorry not all residents were aware of our plans to install a toilet before work began. Our courtesy letters did not reach all residents. We are investigating how this happened.”