July 25, 2024

Govia Thameslink Railway backs ‘Boys Need Bins’ 

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is supporting a campaign from Prostate Cancer UK by placing sanitary bins in all men’s staff and passenger toilets across its 11-county network.

Called Boys Need Bins, the campaign calls for the installation of incontinence bins in every public toilet and business across the country.

Bins can now be found in 495 men’s toilet cubicles at 228 stations, offices and depots.

More than 1 in 3 men over 65 in the UK have urinary incontinence, which can be caused by prostate issues. 

For those with the condition, trips to the toilet can be a stressful experience owing to the lack of adequate disposal facilities for incontinence products.

Carl Martin, Accessibility Lead at GTR, said: “We’re keen to reduce the anxiety experienced by male colleagues and passengers with urinary incontinence and this small but significant step aims to enhance the comfort and dignity of those who may need these facilities.

“What might be deemed as a minor improvement will make a real difference to many men and remove a significant barrier to travel.”

Nick Ridgman, Head of Health Information & Clinical Support at Prostate Cancer UK, added: “Despite the fact that 1 in 3 men over 65 in the UK experience urinary incontinence, there’s a dire lack of sanitary bins in gents’ toilets and a paralysing taboo stopping people from speaking up about it.

“That’s why we launched our Boys Need Bins campaign to get the country talking and ensure all men have access to a sanitary bin. We’ve had backing from politicians, businesses and members of the public across the UK and we’re excited that Govia Thameslink have now got on board by providing sanitary bins.”

prostatecanceruk.org; gtrailway.com