Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Citizens' Rail project update

Nick (back row, 4th from right)
Nick Davies from UCLan's Institute of Travel and Tourism was in Germany last week for the latest Citizens' Rail partner meeting.

Group members travelled to Aachen to visit a number of interesting sites, including Alsdorf Annapark station which has an innovative level crossing and roundabout. Located in a former coal mining district, the project has won an architectural award.

Next stop was the newly created St Joris station, followed by a visit to a Euregiobahn construction site deep in the woods. The site poses challenges, as the new track has to pass through a nature reserve and go under another railway line.

The group moved onto Stolberg station, the headquarters of EVS who are the private local rail infrastructure company for the Euregiobahn network. As well as receiving an informative presentation and behind-the-scenes tour from EVS, sessions were held to update partners on the latest progress in the Citizens' Rail project, including the successful visit of Lancashire school children to Aachen and Parkstad Limburg, and a workshop to continue the development of the Practitioner Toolkit.

The destination on the final day was Eilendorf station, where Citizens' Rail partners are planning major improvements working alongside the local community.

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