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Unread 09-05-2016, 10:40   #1
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Why is there no lift facilities at a major junction like Maynooth when even minor stations have them.

It is extremely difficult for disabled passengers never mind able bodied persons to have to drag there luggage over the antiquainted bridge there.
One sometimes has to guess which side the train is leaving from.

Irish rail come on and do something about this asap.
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Unread 09-05-2016, 10:54   #2
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A side gate with level access is provided on the other platform. This meets the minimum legal obligation. The exit also has a leap card reader

The roll out of lifts is limited by funding
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The roll out of lifts is limited by funding
Not to forget local politics also dictates where they go...of course IE wouldn't admit that!
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That bridge in Maynooth is a bit of a killer though. The steps are particularly steep and it seems to be about a metre higher than the older bridges further down the line.

The exit requires somebody to be awake to let a buggy or a wheelchair out. I frequently see people stuck there trying to get out while nobody is answering the intercom.
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This is totally unacceptable these days perhaps we should be lobbying our politicians to do something about this.
As for the funding excuse why are double length trains being used with virtually no passengers on off peak times typically Saturdays and Sundays wasting valuable resources and also train engines left running for hours on end particularly at Connolly /Heuston not to mention the pollution that it causes and damage to people's health.
Irish Rail management need to up their game and use their finances more wisely.
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"A side gate with level access is provided on the other platform. This meets the minimum legal obligation. The exit also has a leap card reader

The roll out of lifts is limited by funding"

Your statement Mark may indeed meet the 'minimum legal obligation' but, certainly does not meet the 'minimum expectation' for 2019.
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Policy has moved away from lifts in favour of ramps. Ramps don't break down.

The railway works order on Maynooth line upgrade is due soon and this will cover a multitude of works.

Once the minimum requirement is provided its impossible to push for more when there are many stations which don't meet even the most basic standards.

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Are breakdowns caused primarily by vandalism or mechanical?

If vandalism it suggest IE not taking any criminal action because its hard to see mechanical issue causing such problems. Offices, apartments blocks, public buildings rarely encounter problems would be heavily used compared to stations.

Moving towards ramps is terrible, ramps in Nass/Kildare are not great plus many elderly people would pick lifts over ramp/steps while many in wheelchair would probably do the same.
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Vandalism is the main cause. Howth Junction was a huge problem

Each lift now has a camera watching each door, if the request button is pressed the lift will not respond until a CCTV operator approves. Lift breakdowns reduced to a fraction of previous levels.

Much of the equipment is now 15 years old, some 20 years old. Parts are a challenge, most of the lifts are exposed to the elements also

Ramps don't breakdown, do not require maintenance and do not attract anti social behavior
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Vandalism is the main cause. Howth Junction was a huge problem

Each lift now has a camera watching each door, if the request button is pressed the lift will not respond until a CCTV operator approves. Lift breakdowns reduced to a fraction of previous levels.

Much of the equipment is now 15 years old, some 20 years old. Parts are a challenge, most of the lifts are exposed to the elements also

Ramps don't breakdown, do not require maintenance and do not attract anti social behavior
interesting they have the CCTV operating approving access. Wonder if Luas operate such a system?

It's still short sited if they were to scrap lifts for ramps. Lift replacement appears is needed gradually instead of wasting time going after spare parts at stations with heavy usage.
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