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30.09.16

Could this be the station of the future?

New images have brought to life a future where stations will be places to shop and socialise and not simply catch a train.

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has released the images from bpr architects, which illustrate Station Place, a concept based on the ‘Vision for Stations’ the RDG published last year.

IMAGE 1 15058-01-p01 RDG Vision for Stations [Aerial view of civic space]

The strategy is based on nine principles, including ‘intelligent use of technology’, ‘seamless journey experience’, ‘reflect local needs and opportunities’ and ‘safe and secure environment’.

IMAGE 5 15058-01-p01 RDG Vision for Stations [Platform]

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the RDG, said: “Britain’s stations have great potential not only as transport hubs but as places for local economies to flourish. Our Vision – aided by the Station Place concept - shows how stations can be more customer focussed, use technology more intelligently and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit in the communities that they serve.”

The images represent a station with ongoing transport links, including a bus stop and bicycle racks, and spaces being utilised for local businesses and a children’s playground.

The station is designed to allow clearer lines of sight so that passengers can view information screens, create a greater sense of security and allow seamless access for disabled passengers.

IMAGE 4 15058-01-p01 RDG Vision for Stations [Ticket Hall]

Paul Beatty-Pownall, director at bpr architects, said: “Station Place will reinstate stations as the focal point at the heart of the community they serve, enabling even the smallest stations to act as a hub and a catalyst for investment. The concept encourages design proposals to reflect their local context and capture the spirit of local aspirations.”

With passenger numbers at a record high, stations can certainly do more to provide a positive experience for passengers, and support their local communities. The Station Place concept provides an imaginative vision for how this can be realised.

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Comments

Eddie   30/09/2016 at 14:00

Those images look fantastic!

Paul   01/10/2016 at 10:50

Good to see a long canopy over the platform. Disappointed, though not at all surprised, to see that it goes nowhere near the platform edge, subjecting boarding & alighting passengers to the elements. At least there is a recognition of the need for "clearer lines of sight" - I despair whenever I see a succession of hanging signs & screens, each obscuring the next.

George   01/10/2016 at 14:04

I like the images however I agree with Paul regarding the canopy over the platform. All too often at the city station I commute to and from, I have to stand right at the yellow line as the platform is packed full. If the weather's nasty you have little choice but to get wet. The last thing you need boarding a busy train is a coat or umbrella dripping with water. Nevertheless nice concepts!

Graham Nalty   02/10/2016 at 17:32

Nice visuals, but the basics have to be right first. The station has to be close to the city centre. Onward travel needs to be available to all suburbs and major public places of leisure and business and information clearly signed for the benefit of those making their first visit. Conversely, for almost every city or town of between 20,000 and 400,000 population, it should be possible to reach the station by one bus without change. Otherwise people will find it much more convenient to take the car. Talking of 'seamless journey experience' does not create it - careful thought, attention to details and really listening to the views of users is essential.

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