Green Party Programme for Government Actions Delivering More Accessible and Reliable Train Station Lifts in Fingal
23rd September, 2020
Minister of State for Community Development and Charities and local TD Joe O’Brien has welcomed the news that €3.3m in funding has been allocated by the National Transport Authority to Irish Rail for the upgrading of lifts at 12 stations in Dublin, including five in the Fingal area. The works are the first part of a new multi-annual programme to improve the operation of lift systems at train stations around the country and provide better accessibility for all using the rail network. A total of 52 stations nationwide are scheduled to have improved lift facilities between now and 2024.
New heavy duty stainless steel electric traction lifts will be installed at stations in Skerries and Balbriggan while lift control measures and further improvements to improve accessibility will be added to existing lift systems in stations at Malahide, Rush and Lusk and Donabate.
The first station to undergo an upgrade will be Malahide with works due to start on August 31st and Donabate to follow on September 2nd. Trains for customers with reduced mobility will be directed to platform 1 at Malahide station until the works are completed.
Speaking on the funding announcement, Minister O’Brien said; ‘Its obviously a challenging time for public transport but for too long our train services in Fingal have not been accessible to people on the regular basis due to broken and unreliable lifts. I have heard and seen terrible situations where people were simply passed by by the train they were trying to get on an opposite platform due to broken lifts. It almost happened to me while I was with my son who was in a buggy at the time and I took a successful case under the Equal Status Act. Since then the Green Party was successful in ensuring ringfenced funding for lift upgrades in the Programme for Government. I was privileged to play a central part in the transport negotiations and now I am I delighted to see swift action being taken on a number of lifts at Fingal stations and nationally.
Also welcoming the news was Balbriggan Councillor, Karen Power, saying; “This investment is so important to reduce instances of lifts being out of order and restricting accessibility to our rail network. In particular I welcome the news of the installation of new heavy duty stainless steel electric traction lifts at Skerries and Balbriggan where the lifts have regularly been out of order.
“While it is unavoidable that the works themselves will result in lifts being temporarily out of service, I have been assured that Irish Rail will have arrangements in place at each of the stations affected to maintain access to services during the works which will be taking place in Skerries and Balbriggan from Sept 23rd – November 25th and 26th respectively.”
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