MORE railway stations will have toilets, the MTR Corporation promised, but it will at least take a few years. The company announced plans to put up toilets in eight interchange stations, including Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Admiralty and Lai King by 2020.
Of the 89 MTR stations, only 47 currently have toilets, including Quarry Bay and Tsing Yi, all stations on the Airport Express, the East and West Rail lines and the Ma On Shan Line. Toilets were installed in Mong Kok and Prince Edward stations last January.
The company said the toilet facilities will be installed in the eight interchange stations at the time when major refurbishment projects are carried out. However, no exact dates for when they will be put into service has been set. In the meantime, passengers can ask to use staff toilets in some stations.
Street maps in stations also indicate the nearest public toilets and malls within 200 metres or a four-minute walk. The railway operator has no further plans now to add more toilets other than the interchange stations.
Lawmakers and the public have slammed the lack of toilets in stations. Democratic Party lawmaker Wu Chi-wai (民主黨立法會議員胡志偉) said he hopes the company can install toilets in all other stations as soon as possible.
But installing toilets at interchange stations first is reasonable as they serve more passengers. District councillor Chow Yick-hay (周奕希) pointed out that mass transit railway stations in Japan and Taiwan have toilets. (The Standard, 4 November)
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 10 November 2016)
Public toilets in the vicinity of MTR stations
MTR station facilities – Legco paper