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Understanding what people want from the design of local, small and medium-sized train stations.

We have worked with Network Rail to help them expand the enduring legacy of Great British railway stations by creating transport hubs of the future for our towns and villages.

The ThinkStation programme embeded Network Rail’s design principles in the design of the new station by exploring how each principle could be ideally realised in a station environment. 

We held 11 day-long workshops across Great Britain, with Network Rail’s design principles being the overarching theme for each activity. Inspirational sector leaders set the tone allowing participants to break free of the limits of their imagination. This was supported by interactive and playful exercises with groups designing their ideal station by the end of the day.  

Speakers included Design Council Ambassadors Hannah Barham--Brown; Usman Haque; Tom Armour; Pam Warhurst CBE; Hilary Carty; Jennifer Crook; Lucy Musgrave OBE and Hanif Kara OBE among others. 

The workshops contributed to the creation of the ThinkStation report that highlights nine priorities for railway stations of the future along with recommendations to Network Rail about how to embed them.


Read the Report

Keynote speaker at Passengers Workshop in Bristol

Impact in numbers


cities across Great Britain

delegates representing Network Rail’s customer base and supply chain.

98 %
of attendees felt they had an increased understanding of Network Rail’s principles of good design.

85 %
of participants felt like they have new insights and techniques to take back to their organisation.

Keynote speaker, Tim Dunn (Railway Broadcaster and Transport Historian) 
- presenting at the Identity Workshop in London