A toilet with a view: Chiltern Railways transforms facilities

One of the new look Chiltern Railways toilets
One of the new look Chiltern Railways toilets

Bog-standard toilets on Chiltern Railways trains are being transformed into something a little more inspirational.

The company has installed floor to ceiling vinyl images in the toilets of its Birmingham to London trains.

Passengers travelling from Haddenham and Thame Parkway and Princes Risborough will be able to enjoy the new facilities.

The first toilet has been designed to resemble Compton Verney, an eighteenth century country mansion turned art gallery in Warwickshire.

It depicts a Rococo Revival chimneypiece from the mid-eighteenth century, a pier table from southern Italy and a painting of Compton Verney as it is today.

Thomas Ableman, Chiltern Railways director, said: “We’re always looking at ways to create a memorable experience for our passengers.

“Toilets are traditionally a place to avoid so we have transformed them into an inspirational space with a view.

“Our only concern is that they’ll be so popular we’ll have people queuing up for the best seat on the train.”

Dr Steven Parissien, Compton Verney director, said: “We are delighted that Compton Verney has been chosen by Chiltern Railways as a partner for this novel project.

“We hope that Chiltern customers will be inspired by our relaxing surroundings and choose to come and visit us to enjoy all we have to offer.”