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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Accessibility services given the green light

SAOIRSE MCGARRIGLE

'NOW I CAN be totally independent!' those were the words of a delighted Annette Healy, St. Aidan's Crescent, as she commended the new accessibility services at O'hanrahan Station.

The project which was completed by Wexford Borough Council was launched by Lord Mayor Davy Hynes.

' The idea is to allow people with disabilities to move seamlessly to one place to another using public transport', said Mayor Hynes.

Annette, a wheelchair user, uses the train frequently and said that before it was quite frustrating trying to reach the platform as she would have to wait around and try to get hold of a member of Iarnrod Eireann staff in order for them to open the side gate so as she could reach the train platform.

Naturally, this was of huge inconvenience and could potentially cause someone to miss their train if they had to wait too long.

Under the new Smart Travel initiative which is funded by the Department of Transport, Wexford Borough Council was allocated € 100,000 to carry out these improvement works.

The project involved the installation of a new wider and automatic door at the entrance to the station, the construction of raised platforms connecting the Main Street and Redmond Square and the installation of dished kerbs to make it easier to board the bus.

'Now when a disabled person gets off the bus or train they can go straight from here across the road and on up the town', said Pat Collins, Town Clerk, speaking at the launch.

This latest move to make Wexford more accessible has been endorsed by the Irish Wheelchair Association and the National Council for the Blind.

The unveiling of this work comes in the same week as the new sign was revealed restoring the old name O'hanrahan station which had in recent years become known as Wexford Station.

This move followed a motion tabled by Cllr Anthony Kelly last Summer which was unaimously supported by all other Town Councillors.

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