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Councillor Johnny Flynn

Ennis Railway Station on track for accessibility

ENNIS Railway Station is on track to being more accessible to people with reduced mobility. A new accessible footbridge crossing with stairs and lift is to open at the station in the start of the new year.
This follows a €1 million investment by Iarnód Éireann, enabling people with reduced mobility as well as those with buggies and prams to have better access.
Councillor Johnny Flynn, who has been campaigning for the move for 10 years has welcomed the development saying, “I welcome the circa € 1 million investment in wheelchair / buggy / pedestrian lifts and cross track bridge opening after Christmas at Ennis Railway Station. This will make rail transport to and from Ennis  more accessible to all by having accessible use of both platforms at all times and improve travel times by eliminating current occasional delays of up to 15 mins when simultaneous safe wheelchair user access is required from platform 1 to both Galway and Limerick trains.” Planning permission for the development was granted by Clare County Council in May, 2019.
According to Iarnróid Éireann at the time, the plans were lodged to ensure further progress with “the fulfillment of its obligations, and indeed its highest aspirations” in accordance with various statutory regulations and government policy and forms part of a larger programme of works currently being progressed by CIE companies throughout Ireland supported by the National Transport Authority.
These include the Disability Act, which aims to advance the participation of people with disabilities in everyday life, for example by improving access.

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