If we look deeper into how we can utilise and design areas around and above railway stations we are able to find integrated solutions for various urgent societal challenges. The redesign of these areas will reduce transport issues and offer further (and greener) opportunities for comfortable housing. A new and effective railway station area can provide spaces for the development of biodiversity, additional facilities for bicycles to further promote the use of sustainable modes of transport such as ride-share electric scooters. This will turn the railway station into an accessible location for the future, to encourage a “sharing economy” and promote the expansion of public transport, which with the number of travellers increasing by 40% within the next 20 years’.
Multi-modal use of space will enhance social security, e.g. for (train) travellers. The area will be fit for housing (for e.g. young professionals), sustainable offices and other climate neutral buildings. The railway station area will thus become more than a transport hub.
City centres will be connected by means of a multi-modal public transport hub. The railway will not act as a barrier but as a “bridge”, connecting people and providing a location for programmes to meet. It is a social hub for an “inclusive city”, a place to socialise and meet new people, and will demonstrate an method for tackling societal challenges.