Whitmore secures access to Kilcoole station for wheelchair users

22nd August 2014

aaaAugust 22, 2014 – Independent Councillor Jennifer Whitmore has welcomed Iarnród Éireann’s decision to replace the current turnstile gate at Kilcoole Train Station, following ongoing correspondence with Chief Executive, David Franks about the situation.

“I pointed out some months ago to Mr. Franks that the station isn’t currently accessible to wheelchair users or people with prams. He initially responded by outlining all the works needed at Kilcoole station, but subsequently has agreed to replace the current turnstile with a spring loaded gate that will prevent open access to the railway, but facilitate all passengers who use Kilcoole Station.  They hope to have the new gate in situ in the coming weeks.

“Iarnród Éireann was eager to deny recent reports that 31 stations nationwide, including Kilcoole, were under review. Hopefully, the replacement of the old turnstile indicates that the company is committed to serving the community in Kilcoole. However, I’m sure that the station would be used by more and more commuters if further works and improvements were carried out. I’ll continue to lobby Iarnród Éireann on behalf of the community, telling them that if you build it they will come.”