Rail industry provides a glimpse of the station of the future
Rail Delivery Group has followed up on last year’s Vision for Stations by publishing a series of images that reflect the industry’s vision of how railway stations of the future might look, if they are to achieve their full potential as transport interchanges, public spaces and centres of the community.

The concept images, created by bpr architects show how new stations could be designed with a striking modern design or a structure sensitive to a historic place, or older stations revitalised while protecting their heritage.

Features of the illustrations include:

  • removing the divide between the railway and the community, with spaces for people to spend time, from picking up their online shopping to providing a pleasant environment in which to eat and drink
  • small pockets of station land used for the community children’s play areas and a family-friendly waiting environment
  • buildings designed to provide clear lines of sight, a sense of security, and space for staff to provide assistance
  • station platforms built to modular design, making the best possible use of the space, and providing information, services and facilities
  • easy accessibility throughout the station with everything on the same level and step-free access.

Paul Plummer chief executive at the Rail Delivery Group 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 focused, use technology more intelligently and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit in the communities that they serve.”

Plans for major transformation of Ilford station are unveiled
plans-for-major-transformation-of-ilfordNetwork Rail has submitted proposals for a new station building in Ilford as part of the improvements being delivered for Crossrail. Proposals submitted to the London Borough of Redbridge include: a new spacious building with a striking glass façade that will let natural light flood into the station, a larger ticket hall with a wide entrance and significantly longer gateline, and new lifts providing step-free access from street level to all platforms.

The building has been designed to stand out as a recognisable landmark on Cranbrook Road and to be prominent and visible from the surrounding area. Further improvements to be delivered for the new Elizabeth line services including longer platforms, improved lighting, signage, customer information points, CCTV and overhead information screens.

Metrolink’s Exchange Square stop earns top award
The new Exchange Square Metrolink stop has scooped top spot in the Project of the Year under 50m Euros category at this year’s Light Rail Awards, beating off fierce competition from the UK and abroad.

The stop, which opened in December last year, was designed by Ian Simpson Architects and is the centrepiece of the new line extension that has doubled the service frequency on the Oldham- Rochdale Line between Shaw and Crompton and the city centre. Its construction was made possible thanks to a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant.