London pubs that struck TfL deal to let bus drivers use their toilets

A bus at a stop in Central London
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Transport for London (TfL) has revealed that it has agreements with a number of pubs in the city, whose toilets can be used by bus drivers. Officials say that they tend to discourage staff from entering places with alcohol licenses in their work uniform.

However, there are some routes on which this rule is not strictly enforced. The public houses included in the understanding are located just off Oxford Circus, and in Greenford and Bexleyheath.

In addition, there is another pub that has sometimes lets bus drivers use its lavatories.

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Two people walk past The Finery in Central London
The Finery in Central London is one of the pubs -Credit:Google

A TfL freedom of information case officer said: "The policy for drivers is generally not to enter licensed premises in uniform, but in some cases we have stands and routes that rely on drivers using pubs and bar toilets, so there are exceptions. According to ‘The Blue Book’ of driver welfare there are three locations where we have formal agreements for drivers to use the toilets in licenced premises."

Pubs included in agreement

  1. Brewers Fayre, Bexleyheath – Routes B13 & B14

  2. Raging Bull Snooker Club, Greenford – Routes E1, E2, E3 & E11

  3. The Finery PH, Great Castle Street – Routes 7, 159, N7 & N137

The officer added: "There is also one location that has on occasion allowed drivers to use their facilities. This is the new Beefeater restaurant on Beresford Street, Woolwich. This is directly opposite the Beresford Street / Macbean Street stand for the Routes 51, 99, 301 and 386."

TfL urges drivers to ask for help during hot weather

It comes after TfL urged London bus drivers to ask for help amid scorching temperatures in cabs during hot weather. Concern was raised online on Sunday, May 12, which was reportedly the hottest day so far this year.

X user @ediz1975 posted a video of a thermometer from inside a bus. He wrote: "Dear @MayorofLondon. You promised all London buses will have air conditioning. Summer has just started and London buses are again at dangerous temperatures. I’m a passenger on this bus and it’s 36 degrees in seating area upstairs and well over 40 in driving cabin."

Rosie Trew, TfL’s Head of Bus Service Delivery, said: “Our bus operators have a comprehensive hot weather plan in place to protect all staff and customers during the recent warm weather, including air conditioning in all driver cabs. If for any reason drivers do not feel they can carry out their duties safely, they should contact the controller and action will be taken to support them.”

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