Go-Ahead Ireland previews the opening of the Vision Ireland Wayfinding Centre
3 weeks ago
Go-Ahead Ireland is delighted to have joined Vision Ireland at the preview opening of the Wayfinding Centre this week alongside other public transport operators, government ministers, and researchers. Set to open in April 2024 in Glasnevin, Dublin 9, the Wayfinding Centre is an innovative, multi-functional space which will be driven by the need to make transport accessible for everyone.
The Wayfinding Centre represents a €7.825m joint agency investment and is further bolstered by significant support from the private sector and other contributors. It is home to various modes of transport including a Luas carriage, a DART carriage, a Bus Éireann coach, a double-decker Go-Ahead Ireland bus and the forward fuselage section of an Airbus A319 aircraft, as well as a street scape replicating the built environment surrounding public transportation, including lighting, acoustics and hazards.
The centre will simulate real-world public transport scenarios to provide confidence and familiarisation training to individuals with access needs, empowering people through practical training and hands-on experience, knowledge and the opportunity to explore all aspects of transport in a safe and controlled environment. It will also provide a space for training professionals such as transport operators, architects, designers, engineers and students responsible for future transport systems and designing the built environment.
Dervla McKay, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Ireland, said: “Go-Ahead Ireland is exceptionally proud to have contributed to the Wayfinding Centre, an innovative and inclusive space for the future of public transport in Ireland.
“As public transport operators, we strive on a daily basis to ensure that our services are accessible to as many passengers as possible, but we are keenly aware that there are still strides to be made to ensure that all members of the public can be accommodated on our services, no matter what their needs might be.
“The Wayfinding Centre represents huge progress in investment, research, and development toward a public transport system in our country that is available and accessible to all, and we look forward to participating alongside our transport partners and many others to make this a reality.”
The Wayfinding Centre was constructed by Oak Project Management and is supported by the National Transport Authority (NTA), Smurfit Kappa and Dublin City Council, alongside partners including Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Iarnród Éireann, Go-Ahead Ireland, Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus, AerCap, EirTrade Aviation, Alstom and Meta.
Members of the public are now invited to join The Wayfinding Centre Transport Accessibility Panel, where they will have the opportunity to share their experiences, insights and ambitions for the future of transport and the built environment in Ireland. To register your interest, visit https://thewayfindingcentre.ie/our-services/partnership-collaboration/ and complete the ‘Transport Accessibility Panel’ registration form.
The Wayfinding Centre will open in April 2024. Visit https://thewayfindingcentre.ie/about/ for more information.