The Anonymous Widower

The Case Of The Disappearing Litter Bins

Coming back from Cardiff today, I had some Marks & Spencer sandwiches and some of their still lemonade, which ended up in a carrier bag.

There were no litter bins on the exit of the train I used, so I had to carry my rubbish to the Lizzie Line, where I knew there were bins.

I took this picture in May at Tottenham Court Road station.

But they were missing so I had to bring it home.

I asked one of the station guys and they said, that they kept falling off the wall.

So let’s hope that a solution can be found.

August 3, 2022 - Posted by | Design, Food, Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. I suspect it’s because it costs too much to send someone down to empty them. After all, how hard can it be to fix a metal ring (to hold the bag) to a wall? OK, if you were try that at Lambeth North the wall would probably fall down, but most appear more solid than that. It’s interesting that you did manage to catch a member of staff on the platform, though. In my experience staff on platforms (except District/Circle at Victoria) are as rare as hen’s teeth. True, it must be boring, but isn’t manning platforms the way staff were meant to have been redeployed after TfL closed all the ticket offices?

    Comment by Stephen Spark | August 3, 2022 | Reply

    • There’s generally a couple of staff on the platforms of the Lizzie Line. But as no central Lizzie Line stations have a ticket office, although Liverpool Street and possibly others have a tourist office, I do wonder, if TfL is spending a bit of money on staff and designing stations without ticket offices.

      Also, as all the central stations except Custom House have platform edge doors and level access, there main problems are lost passengers and hopefully, only the very occasional medical incident.

      Comment by AnonW | August 3, 2022 | Reply

  2. Could it have something to do with a security review?

    Comment by fammorris | August 3, 2022 | Reply

    • That was my first thought, but the staff said it wasn’t It should be remembered that the Overground has see-through plastic bins, as in the picture and there’s been no problem.

      I once saw something in a paper, where it said that bombers like to kill and maim, as many as they can. So to put a bomb in a traditional cast-iron bin, as there used to be in places like the Cities of London and Westminster, creates a lot of shrapnel. If you have to put the shrapnel in the bomb, it makes it heavy. If you drop it in a bin as in the picture, a heavy bomb will end up on the floor and could explode immediately and blow up the bomber.

      I think logically, there is more likelihood, that a bomb will be brought onto the Lizzie Line in a massive wheeled case full of explosives and shrapnel. But that would have to be a suicide bomber!

      Perhaps, we should limit the size of things able to be brought onto the trains!

      I should say, I once saw two guys moving a full four-drawer filing cabinet on a train from Feltham to Clapham Junction on a train. But as they were in South Western Railway uniforms and were laughing and joking with everyone, I assumed it was OK. They even posed for pictures.

      Comment by AnonW | August 4, 2022 | Reply

    • Maybe, but cigarette-packet incendiaries, as used by the IRA, are so old tech – very 1980s. The modern terrorist either goes down the suicide vest route or sits safely at home creating cyber havoc. The advantage of transparent bags is that you can see if there’s anything suspicious in there; as AW notes, there’s no risk of shrapnel; and they are easy to empty (and don’t get as grubby and smelly as the old metal bins used to).

      Good idea to limit the size of items on the underground (and buses), for both safety and passenger comfort reasons. For Chas & Di’s wedding I saw a couple with a two-seat sofa on the District Line, and later saw them sitting on it on the procession route! On ‘National Rail’, bulky items could be charged at a special rate, as large dogs, bicycles, perambulators, rolls of carpet and filing cabinets once were. It might curb the discomfort of Vast Scandinavian Rucksack Syndrome.

      Comment by Stephen Spark | August 4, 2022 | Reply

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