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King’s Cross ‘first train station in England’ to give out free period products

The railway station is helping to tackle period poverty by hooking up with grassroots group Tricky Period

13 May, 2021 — By Bronwen Weatherby

Sherren Scott LNER Station Support (left) and Caroline Allouf of Tricky Period

KING’S Cross is to become the “first train station in England” to hand out free period products to its customers.

The transport hub has teamed up with Tricky Period, an organisation that distributes sanitary products to fight “period poverty”.

During the Covid-19 pandemic the initiative, which gives supplies to women’s shelters, refuges, mother and baby units and other locations including libraries, has seen a dramatic increase in demand for its service.

The latest collection point has opened at the London North Eastern Railway (LNER) information point on the station’s main concourse.

Anyone can now go up to the counter and select the items they need. Caroline Allouf, of Tricky Period, told the New Journal: “Our philosophy is the same, so there’s no hoops to jump through, no questions asked.

“There’s just a tiny form where you tick the items you need and hand that to the person on the desk and then they subtly radio down to where the stuff is kept and they’ll bring it up to you in a matter of minutes.

“It’s very discreet.”

She added: “If it works out well then we’d like to start doing it in other stations. It’s been a very difficult year, particularly for homeless women who have had little to no access to toilets, facilities to clean themselves, or sanitary products.”

Claire Ansley, LNER customer experience director, said: “No one should have to decide between a sandwich and buying period products, and this initiative makes it easier for those in need to readily access products from the information point at the station.”

Where to pick up free items?

Tricky Period pick-up points in libraries reopened on Tuesday.

Anyone can now visit Kentish Town, Kilburn or Swiss Cottage libraries and ask for free items.

Other Camden locations include Kentish Town Co-op, Crossroads Women’s Centre, and a number of children’s centres.

And, of course, King’s Cross train station.

For full details, visit trickyperiod.com/pick-up-points/

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