Network Rail proposals to cease using coaches not fitted with controlled emission toilets could cripple the special trains industry, charter promoters and operators have warned.
| Ex BR Mk 1 and Mk 2 coaches drop toilet waste|
onto the track and would be banned from operating
unless they were converted.
The comments have come in response to an NR consultation on ending the use of rolling stock that drops toilet waste onto the track, which NR wants to see phased out by December 2019.
Franchised services are already due to end the practice over a similar timeframe and NR has suggested that commitments to making the changes should be incorporated into renewed Charter Track Access Contracts from this summer.
| Under the new proposals the coaches would only be allowed to operate on|
preserved lines such as seen here at the North Norfolk Railway
Britain's special trains industry still relies heavily on former BR Mk1 and Mk2 coaches that are not fitted with retention toilets and a cost estimate from NR based on diesel multiple units has put the price of conversion at up to £20,000 per vehicle. In addition to conversion costs, resistance from within the charter market has also centred on the difficulties and expense of servicing the retention toilets if fitted.
Report from RAIL Magazine June 2016