Three new elevators have been built at the Pole Mokotowskie metro station, from the Batory side. They will help people with disabilities, seniors and those traveling with children in strollers to get to the underground railway.
Two new elevators were installed on both sides of Niepodległości Avenue, next to the existing subway entrances at Giordana Bruna Street. As the city hall said in a statement, you can use them to go down to the mezzanine level and then go to the third new elevator – to the platform.
– As part of the modernization of the metro infrastructure, we are implementing a number of investments that improve safety in and around stations. We are replacing the lighting, installing new signs for the blind and visually impaired, and adding more elevators, says Michał Olszewski, vice-president of Warsaw, quoted in the release. – We are carrying out these activities to improve the availability of public transport in the capital for all its users – he added.
The contract for the construction of elevators at Pole Mokotowskie was signed in October 2022. During the works, the metro ran unchanged. The investment cost approximately PLN 10 million.
They built a new corridor
The elevator on the eastern side of Niepodległości Avenue, next to the buildings of the Warsaw School of Economics, is located between the two entrances to the metro. It provides direct access to the station’s mezzanine corridor.
“The elevator on the other side of the street, i.e. on the western side of Niepodległości Avenue, could not be located in a similar way, because between the two entrances to the station there is an entrance to G. Bruna Street,” the city hall said in a statement. So it was built at the northern entrance, closer to Stefana Batory Street, and an additional corridor – built behind the wall of stairs – leads to the mezzanine corridor.
– The third elevator is located behind the entrance gates. It will take passengers to the platform from a specially built platform above the platform stairs. From the mezzanine of the station there is a corridor along the stairs – explains Katarzyna Strzegowska, director of the Public Transport Authority.
As part of the investment, tactile markings – grooved boards and buttons – helpful for blind and visually impaired people were installed on the northern station head. The new elevators were also included on typhlographic maps, printed in relief and with descriptions in the form of Braille.
One of the older stations
The Pole Mokotowskie station was built almost 30 years ago, together with the first section of the M1 metro line put into operation. There were different standards for the construction of such facilities at that time, and the elevators – making it easier for people with disabilities, seniors and those traveling with children in strollers to get to the station – were built only on its southern side.
It was similar at other stations of the oldest section of the underground railway. The Public Transport Authority systematically modernizes them by building new elevators. They have already been established in: Imielin (two), Stokłosy (two), Ursynów (two), Racławicka (one) and Służewo (one).
Main photo source: R. Motyl/UM Warszawa