We went to Barcelona recently, as my wife has CP, she finds steps hard work, my arm also gets a good workout supporting her if we have too many steps to face.
- Most metro stations seemed to have many lifts going down from the road to the ticket offices.
- The lifts for a single metro station are often spread out over many roads, and their locations are not marked on the map in any of our guide books.
- Most metro stations seemed to have lifts from one ticket office down to the platform on each line. (But a different ticket office for each line)
- Most metro stations seemed to have many ticket officers that joint to each other with lots of steps and corridors.
- So if you go down the lift that is next to an enhance that is signed posted for the line yoy want, you often get hit with lots of stairs after it is too late to turn back, as you have already used your ticket.
- Firstly how can you tell if a given line is accessible at a given metro station?
- How can you tell how many steps and in what direction (up or down) you have to cope with at a given station/line when there is not step-free access?
- And most frustrating, how do you find the correct lift at street level to use to access a given line in the direction you wish to travel. (The lifts did not seem to be marked for what lines they gave step-free access to.)
Our overall impression of the metro system was that it is accessible to locals that know it, but not to tourists due to the lack of sign posting.