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UK can learn from other countries in developing its railway stations, report claims

18 October 2017 

The UK has a lot to learn from other countries when it comes to maximising the economic, social and environmental benefits of railway stations, according to a report released today.

Development around stations: Exploring international experience and lessons for the UK examines the international experience of creating development hubs around railway stations and the benefits that can bring. The report has been produced by think tank Tracks, which aims to promote research and discussion on key transport issues.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, which established the Tracks programme, said:

“This report brings together experience from lots of different countries and shows there is an international consensus that the future lies in creating attractive, multi-purpose and largely car-free spaces around stations which can provide economic and social benefits to the local area. The report does highlight some good practice in the UK, but there are many lessons that national and local/devolved governments here can learn from the examples explored in this report.”

The report, which was presented at the Conservative Party conference earlier this month, looks at a number of case studies which show the potential for development around railway stations including:

  • Dundee Waterfront’s new station which incorporates a 120 room hotel and a new public realm with offices, retail units, café and bike hire facilities
  • The Cornavin-Eaux-Vives-Annemasse (CEVA) rail link in Geneva, which is creating five new railway stations each surrounded by development hubs consisting of new housing, office space and retail and leisure facilities
  • Almere, the seventh largest city in the Netherlands, which is expected to see a 75 per cent growth in population by 2030 thanks to the creation of employment and housing opportunities around its six railway stations.


For further information and copies of the report please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. Development around stations: Exploring international experience and lessons for the UK, was produced in partnership with Alstom, Abellio and Hawkins Brown. Copies are available here.
  2. Tracks is a dynamic thought leadership programme set up by Campaign for Better Transport to react to contemporary issues in the transport sector. The annual programme comprises four themes linked to current and evolving challenges.
  3. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).