‘Vandals to blame’ for broken lifts at station

by Emma Nolan

DELIBERATE vandalism is preventing commuters from using the lifts at the Howth Junction Dart station in Donaghmede, according to Irish Rail.
Angry commuters have been complaining about the lack of working lifts for some time.
Local TD Tommy Broughan (Ind) says he has received complaints about the lifts from constituents for a long time.
There have been a number of initiatives by Irish Rail to try and improve the significant disruption caused while the lifts are out of use, in particular to commuters with mobility issues and people travelling with small children.
In a communication received from Irish Rail, Deputy Broughan was informed that “without doubt, the single biggest contributor to the functionality and reliability of these lifts relates to the extensive and deliberate vandalism that they are routinely subjected to instead of mechanical failure”.
A spokesperson for Irish rail confirmed to The Gazette that consistent, deliberate vandalism is the cause for the lifts’ limited functionality, but they have now introduced a remote monitoring system for the lifts at Howth Junction.
This means that when a person who wishes or needs to use the lift goes to it, they press a button, which alerts the remote monitoring centre.
CCTV cameras will then show the centre operator that the person genuinely wishes to use the lift and the lift will be opened for them to use. At all other times the lift will be locked.
The spokesperson added: “We hope that this will prevent vandalism and ensure that lifts are in service for those who need them.”
Deputy Broghan said: “I welcome the recent reply … confirming that [Irish Rail] is trying to find solutions to an ongoing problem with lift access.
“I would urge all concerned constituents to keep me informed on the matter, to ensure that [Irish Rail] is kept up to date on the accessibility at this station.”

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