Recently wheelchair users have been protesting at DART stations to highlight the lack of accessibility and ongoing issues with broken lifts. Deputy Broughan has made many representations to Irish Rail over the years due to the consistent problems with the lifts at the Howth Junction/Donaghmede DART Station. Deputy Broughan, this week, received a response to his Parliamentary Question about the frequency of the lift breakdowns at this station and the cost of repairs.
Deputy Broughan has consistently been asking about the accessibility of public transport and plans for the improvement of this essential public service. Most recently, Deputy Broughan asked about the accessibility of Bus Éireann coaches operating on expressway and regional services for wheelchairs and the accessibility of bus stops in regional areas. The National Transport Authority (NTA) replied to the Deputy on March 28th and gave a very disappointing response.
Deputy Tommy Broughan has recently raised the concerning issue of lack of access to rail services for persons with mobility or sensory impairments. Recently there have been a number of stories of wheelchair users being left abandoned on platforms with no assistance to help them board trains. Because of this and contact from distressed constituents, Deputy Broughan raised the matter with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, who referred the questions to Iarnród Éireann for further reply.