Upgrade to pedestrian bridge at Carlow Train Station 'long overdue' with access 'disgraceful'

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An upgrade to the pedestrian bridge at Carlow Train Station is "long overdue" with access for people with disabilities, limited mobility or visual impairment described as "disgraceful".

Irish Rail was granted permission for a new pedestrian bridge to be built there and it was previously expected to be completed by mid-2019.

At this month's Carlow County Council meeting members were given a presentation by the County Carlow Universal Access Movement which highlights issues of accessibility in the county. 

Cllr Fergal Browne said the development of the new bridge is "painfully slow". 

He said: "Any one of us could break our leg and it's dreadful that people have to cross over a footbridge built what I presume is 100 years ago."

Cllr John Cassin said the facilities at Carlow Town Train Station are "disgraceful" and the pedestrian bridge is "long overdue".

Council chief executive, Kathleen Holohan, said she would take it up with Irish Rail again on the timeline for the pedestrian bridge.