Engaged or vacant

I traveled down to London recently on the train, it was a Virgin branded old Intercity 125. Whilst traveling down, from where I was sitting I noticed fellow passengers trying the toilet door, several passengers tried before realizing it was engaged.

I took a closer look and here’s what I found. Approaching the door it is hard to see if the toilet is engaged or not, it is placed under the door handle, from the perspective of a adult standing up approaching the door, this is hard to see, if fact it requires bending down slightly to see if the door is locked or not.

Adult eye view approach to the toilet door. Door handle hides whether the toilet is engaged or vacant
Adult eye view approach to the toilet door. Door handle hides whether the toilet is engaged or vacant. Photography: Neil Dickinson

On closer inspection, the engaged sign on the door is not clear. A faded red shape to denote to toilet is engaged, no words, no braille for passengers with vision impairment.

Engaged door, a faint small red shape under the door handle
Engaged door, a faint small red shape under the door handle. Photography: Neil Dickinson
Vacant door, a strong small white shape under the door handle
Vacant door, a strong small white shape under the door handle. Photography: Neil Dickinson