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Intercity and All Other Routes Accessibility Policy

Iarnród Éireann endeavours to assist all customers with mobility impairments to travel on our rail services.

Guide for Rail Passengers with Disabilities 2015 (1MB)

This section outlines our accessibilty policy for Intercity and commuter services as listed below:

  • All Intercity services
  • Dublin Portlaoise Commuter services
  • Dublin Longford Commuter services
  • Dublin Connolly to Gorey Commuter services
  • Mallow – Cork – Cobh – Midleton Commuter services
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Planning Your Journey and Assitance for Customers with Disabilities

When you have decided to travel by train, where possible, please let us know in advance of your travel requirements so that arrangements can be made for you to have as comfortable a journey as possible. If it is not possible to contact us, we will do our utmost to provide assistance.

The more information we have about the assistance you require, the better we will be able to assist you.

When contacting us, please give the following details:

  • Date of travel
  • Time of travel
  • Departure station
  • Arrival station (including any intermediate stations where you have to change trains)
  • Nature of disability
  • Assistance required
  • Means of transport to and from departure and arrival stations eg taxi, private car and whether someone is meeting you at your destination
  • Whether you will be travelling alone or with a companion
  • Whether assistance will be required at both the departure and arrival stations (including changeover stations if applicable) and if so how staff will be able to identify you
  • Any other details to assist railway staff or which you wish to clarify

If you need to cancel a journey for which special arrangements have been made, please let us know so that staff can be made available to assist others.

Disabled Car Parking at Iarnród Éireann Stations

All our station car parks have designated car parking spaces for European Parking Card holders. They are provided at a convenient location on a concrete or tarmac surface, with dropped kerbs and non-slip pavements where appropriate. To see more information on station accessibility.

Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters On-Board Trains

There are a limited number of wheelchair accessible spaces on each train, it is important therefore that you book your space in advance.

As scooters come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, many have problems on trains, such as being unable to manoeuvre safely inside a carriage. These problems mean that trains cannot carry some scooters, if you are a scooter user who wants to travel by rail, you should contact the station to ensure your scooter can be accommodated.

Accessibility Ramps for Train Access

Our staff will use ramps to help you on or off our trains if required. 24 hours advance notice needs to be given to ensure staff can be deployed to assist you on or off your service.

At some stations there is a gap between the platform and the carriages which may create difficulty for people who are visually impaired or have mobility impairments and assistance may be required when boarding or alighting from the train.

Priority Seating On-board Trains

Iarnród Éireann undertakes to make every reasonable effort to ensure that disabled passengers can obtain a seat on a train. Seats may be booked online at www.irishrail.ie. Usually, this will be a designated Priority Seat.

Assistance Dogs On-board Trains

Guide or Assistance dogs are welcome on all Iarnród Éireann services and in train stations.

Complaints under Disability Act

If you wish to register a complaint under the 2005 Disability Act please contact access@irishrail.ie.

The 2005 Disability Act

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