The EU Citizens’ Rail ran from May 2012 to September 2015. It worked to develop local and regional railways by involving the community.

Through new and refurbished station buildings, more frequent services, volunteering, social outreach and local marketing campaigns, the project helped more people to use and be part of their local train services. The Citizens’ Rail approach was shown to be an innovative, low cost way to boost the economy, tackle local transport needs and re-connect isolated populations (see our interactive poster to find out more).

Our projects spanned the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands as part of the EU Interreg IVB NWE programme.

In numbers

7 partners, 8 sub partners, €9.03m budget, 50% funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Interreg IVB

Project locations


Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership

Plymouth University

Pays de la Loire

RWTH Aachen University

Lancashire County Council

Parkstad Limburg


Stadt Aachen

Sub partners

Devon County Council

Torbay Council

Northern Rail

Burnley Council

University of Central Lancashire

Gemeente Kerkrade

Gemeente Nuth

Provincie Limburg