The ‘disgusting’ public urinal outside Vauxhall London Underground station that’s polarising commuters – MyLondon



It’s a chilly January morning in South London and commuters are hurrying through Vauxhall Station.

The sound of cars, trains and traffic fills the air but if you listen closely you might be able to hear a faint dripping sound emanating from a small shelter in the middle of the road.

This peculiar structure contains Vauxhall Stations controversial public urinal a feature that is revered and reviled in equal measure by residents.

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‘You’d rather people do it there than against a wall’

The urinal is exposed to the elements (Image: MyLondon)

If so inclined, one can relieve themselves in the heart of London while gazing into the faces of the horrified commuters and the roads and pavements opposite.

However, it takes a certain level of courage to make use of the urinal with the winter winds and wandering eyes of the general public never far away.

It’s a thorny issue and one that seems to have split Londoners directly down the middle.

Bill Harvey uses the station every day and told MyLondon he sees no problem with the urinal.

He explained: “It’s definitely handy isn’t it.

“You have to pay for most toilets in London, as is the way with everything these days.

“You’d rather have people using this than doing it against a wall wouldn’t you?”

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‘You’d have to be really desperate’

The view from the urinal (Image: MyLondon)

Other commuters however do not share Bill’s view.

James McCluskey, 29, told us he hadn’t noticed the urinal before but didn’t fancy taking it for a test drive.

He said: “I hadn’t actually noticed it until now. It’s in a very odd location, I don’t think I’d use it, I’m not that desperate.”

A man named Ian agreed that the toilet was a bit exposed but added it might be useful at certain times.

He said: “There’s not much cover, I definitely wouldn’t use it, it’s a bit too public isn’t it? It’s a really busy station as well!

“I suppose it might come in handy at 3am after a night on the lash but no, not for me I don’t think.”

Jack thinks there should be more urinals like Vauxhall’s (Image: MyLondon)

But one commuter named Jack Ferrera, 24, said the urinal served an important function that wasn’t immediately obvious.

He explained: “I think it’s a pretty good idea based on homeless people mainly. It’s a good service for them to have at night, where else would they go especially during the lockdown.

“It’s not great to look at but it serves a purpose, we should probably have more of them.”

‘It’s absolutely disgusting’

Commuters waiting for their buses get the best seats in the house (Image: MyLondon)

However, as with many things in life the perspective of things can change dramatically depending on which gender they’re viewed from

Mary Stephens, 59, uses Vauxhall Station every day outside of lockdown and told us the urinal was a stain on the area.

She said: “I think it’s absolutely disgusting.

“If they really wanted to install one they could have put it on a corner but instead they’ve plonked it right in the middle of the road.

“It’s not a nice thing to look at and I can’t imagine anyone uses it unless they’re drunk.”

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