Works to be carried out on lifts at Balbriggan train station

August 30, 2020 0

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 Balbriggan and speaking on the funding announcement, joe-obrien-at-balbriggan-train-stationMinister O’Brien said;

I am pleased to see that work will soon commence on these improvement works on the lifts in Balbriggan train station. Improving reliability and performance of lifts at our station is vital to ensure that passengers with reduced mobility can feel confident when using public transport.”
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 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 the lift in Balbriggan and others across Fingal and indeed nationally.

Also welcoming the news was local 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 Balbriggan as the lifts here 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 from Sept 23rd – November 25th. works to be carried out on lifts at Balbriggan train station