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Millions for removing architectural barriers

published: 2019-03-26 12:11, mlan
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In 2019 the City of Warsaw will make alterations to nearly 100 locations which have been hindering movement around the city. Removing the architectural barriers will further contribute to improved accessibility and safety on Warsaw’s roads.

The barrier removal project was developed a few years ago in cooperation with the Warsaw Barriers Map, the City of Warsaw and road administrators, i.e. district offices and the Municipal Roads Authority. This year, districts will spend PLN 1.2 million on functional improvements. The project will cover the Ochota, Rembertów, Śródmieście, Ursynów, Wawer, Wesoła and Włochy districts, which identified 63 barriers to be removed.

This year’s plans of the Municipal Roads Authority include further local road surface and kerb repairs and replacement of damaged road infrastructure elements. Three economic operators submitted their bids for the tender. Worth PLN 1.8 million, the contract has already been signed.

Stops without barriers
In the recent years approx. 250 Warsaw Public Transport stops were made accessible to the disabled. Thanks to the new kerbs at the stops, residents can easily get on a low-floor bus, e.g. with a pram. In 2018 as many as 102 Warsaw Public Transport stops were upgraded. This year the Public Transport Authority is planning the construction of 17 new stops and the renovation of three loops and more than 30 stops. Work will also be continued to make disability adjustments to the stations of line I of the metro.

Currently, most public transport stops are accessible for people with reduced mobility. Out of 4,316 Warsaw Public Transport stops, 4,086 are fully (3,738) or partially accessible (348 – partially accessible stops are those which disabled passengers can use with the help of others), and only 230 (approx. 5%) are inaccessible (located on viaducts, cannot be accessed from the street level, are not equipped with elevators or ramps, etc.).