Access Ireland: Wheelchair Accessibility Public Transport-Buses

Universal/accessible design of the home from an occupational therapy and a construction perspective. This blog is part of a quest for cool, convenient, functional design that makes life safer, easier, and as maintenance-free as possible. It's about the lifestyle.
In Ireland the least expensive mode of public transportation is via bus.  The train system seems to be tolerable but 3-4 times more expensive then the bus so I was told by several native Irish.  So most of my public transit in Ireland was via bus.

The regulations for accessibility on buses in Ireland per the 'Translink Access Guide 2010' are as follow:

Accessible buses can be single or double deck vehicles. Accessible buses have the following features:
• Low-floors with kneeling facility and ramped access;
• Non slip surfaces on floors;
• Colour contrasting materials inside and out;
• Highly visible route information on the front, side and rear;
• Good handrail provision inside the bus;
• Dedicated space for one wheelchair user; and
• Five other priority seats for the use of disabled people.

All our accessible buses are designed to accommodate wheelchair users whose chair is up to 700mm wide, 1200mm long and 1350mm high. If your chair (or powered mobility scooter) is not within these measurements you will have difficulty using the bus.

While in Ireland I traveled on three bus lines; Aircoach (Dublin to Waterford), a yellow shuttle bus in Waterford, and a Gobus (Dublin to Galway.)  See next posts for accessibility for each bus line.

1 comment:

Wheelchair said...

Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment. Thanks for sharing.
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