Report launched exploring the role UK stations will play in the future
‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’ report considers the future of UK train stations and how they will have to change in order to meet customer desires.
Network Rail and Arup have launched a new report, ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’, looking into the future role of train stations in UK towns and cities. The report considers how both large and small stations may need to evolve in order to keep pace with the ever-changing needs and wants of future passengers.
The Managing Director of Network Rail Property, David Biggs, said: “Our world is changing. As traditional boundaries of space and place blur, increasing urbanisation and new technology is transforming the way we live, work and play. The impact stations can have in this shift is significant, and now more than ever we need to consider the future role of them as a catalyst for creating healthy and sustainable communities and delivering positive outcomes for passengers.”
The report considers the future role of stations as the centre of movement for travellers, drivers for inclusive and sustainable growth, and as the heart of healthy communities. Network Rail and Arup hope that the report will act as a blueprint for future discussions involving British stations.
Malcolm Smith, Arup Fellow, said: “We are delighted to have collaborated with Network Rail to develop ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’, to explore how stations might develop and to make them a place of inspiration and pride. This report sets out a way of thinking that incorporates the fundamental role of stations and railways in moving people safely but explores broader issues and opportunities for stations. Rather than being a one-size-fits-all approach, we hope this document will help everyone involved in shaping the future of our stations to come up with their own specific ideas appropriate to the relevant station context.”