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Dublin city to spend €3.3 million on accessibility

Back view of man in his electric wheelchair at underground platform waiting for train with motion blur of passing train in the background

Twelve stations in Dublin city and county will see lift replacements or accessibility upgrades for passengers with disabilities this year, Iarnrod Eireann has reported.

The first stage of the program of €3.3 million, funded by the National Transport Authority, to improve lift performance and maintenance of the railways.

At three stations, works will see the installation of new heavy-duty stainless steel electric lifts and 12 stations will see new elevators control systems installed and other system improvements.

In total, 52 stations will see significant investment in lift facilities as part of a multi-annual programme up to 2024.

“With new trains and station improvements planned, accessibility will be core to the central design of all improvements we deliver under the National Development Plan.” said Iarnród Éireann Chief Executive Jim Meade.

“However, improving our existing lift network’s reliability and performance is crucial to ensure customers with mobility disabilities have confidence in using our services. While it is unavoidable that the works themselves will result in lifts being temporarily out of service, we have arrangements in place at each station affected to maintain access to services during the improvements.

“With funding from the NTA, we can now progress this renewal programme, upgrade lifts that are older, and which have been the subject of vandalism and misuse, and prolonged exposure to the elements.”

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