New Footbridge and Lifts open at Dalkey Station  

by Alex Greaney
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Iarnród Éireann has opened a new accessible footbridge at Dalkey Station.  The construction of the bridge encompasses precast concrete stairs, span and lift shaft with steel parapet fencing.

The lift shaft is externally clad in Granite to blend with the original station buildings. The footbridge is served by two 13 person lifts, writes Alex Greaney.  

An integral element of Iarnrod Éireann’s ongoing investment programme is to continuously improve accessibility of its stations and services.  Dalkey is the latest new lift and passenger bridge on the network, and follows the opening of Gormanston earlier this year.  Up to 11 further stations will see construction or planning progress for new lifts in 2023. 

Furthermore, renewal and improvement works have been taking place at lifts across the network, with 52 stations to be improved under the company’s Big Lift Programme, running from 2020 to 2024. 

The company’s Disability Users Group provides direct input from disability representative bodies and users of rail services in developing accessibility programmes and projects. 

Under DART+, the new DART+ fleet – arriving from 2024 and entering service from 2025 – will have a retractable step at every door to address the gap between the train and the platform.  This will facilitate independent access for the vast majority of mobility impaired customers. 

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