From 2012 to 2015, we worked with communities to develop local and regional railways in the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

About the project
Find out about the Citizens’ Rail approach, our partners and the project locations where we worked.

Our impact
From reviving struggling lines to transforming stations and engaging passengers, read about our impact.

Our toolkit
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Our community
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Project locations (map)

Local citizens helped shape plans for a brand new station and the revamping of two more, creating a better-connected city for both the area’s economy and its growing population.

Additional trains on the Riviera Line (Exeter to Paignton) were complemented by a marketing campaign, station improvements and work to involve residents and rail users.

The new locally owned station building in Burnley has improved the station’s visibility and provides a base for community engagement. A new direct Manchester service began in May 2015.

Citizens and businesses in Nuth and Kerkrade helped to develop plans for improved and brand new stations to connect people to their neighbourhoods, leisure, green spaces and to bring economic opportunities.

We explored new uses for disused rural station buildings, made improvements at a St.Nazaire station and revived the La Roche Bressuire line – including through additional services.

Our themes


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