Plastic bags instead of toilets for stop trains

Dutch Railways (NS) is to introduce plastic bags on stop trains for people desperate to go to the toilet, the Telegraaf reports.

Passengers on sprinter trains that stop at all stations will be able to ask the conductor for a bag and use the empty driver’s cabin. The bags will be easy to close and of bio-degradable plastic.
The NS points out the bags are only available to people who are desperate and cannot wait until the next station, says the Telegraaf.
Travellers and staff have already complained about the lack of facilities on sprinter trains, but transport minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen says they will not be fitted with toilets because it is too expensive.
Passengers’ association Rovers says it is pleased with the move but it is only an emergency measure. ‘In the end, all sprinters must have toilets,’ said a spokesman.

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