Passenger attempts to flush a bra down the toilet of a Virgin train

14th of January 2019
Passenger attempts to flush a bra down the toilet of a Virgin train

A bra, spectacles, wedding rings and a football scarf are among the items claimed to have been flushed down the toilets of Virgin trains in the UK by irresponsible passengers.

The operator estimates that it is currently spending over €200,000 a year on repair bills for unblocking toilets as a result of people using them incorrectly.

Over the festive period, a bra was the latest in a long line of items to have been forced down the toilet of a Pendolino train. Head of fleet and engineering at Virgin Trains Michael Jacks said: "It did make us smile when we found the bra as it's not something you would expect to find. But it does highlight a very serious issue, and one that greatly impacts on our customers."

Virgin Trains claims that four of its toilets are being taken out of service every day as a result of people trying to flush away items inappropriately. This equates to 18,000 lost toilet hours every year.

More than 90 per cent of blockages are said to be caused by wet wipes, including products labelled as "flushable" by the manufacturer. Other items found down toilets on the operator's trains include spectacles, wedding rings, nappies and a football scarf.

Passengers are now being urged to behave responsibly to help prevent blockages."Bins are provided, and we would remind everyone to follow the three Ps of flushing: Only pee, poo and paper should be flushed down any toilet," said Jacks.



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