Our latest partner meeting took place in Aachen (Germany) last week, and included several interesting site visits.
We began with a trip to Alsdorf Annapark station to see its innovative level crossing and roundabout. Located in a former coal mining district, the project has won an architectural award.
We then took the train to the newly created St.Joris station nearby:
Next up we travelled by coach to visit 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:
We spent the afternoon at Stolberg station, the headquarters of EVS, the private local rail infrastructure company for the Euregiobahn network. As well as receiving an informative presentation and behind-the-scenes tour from EVS, we held sessions 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 our Practitioner Toolkit.
The following day we visited Eilendorf station, where Citizens’ Rail partners are planning major improvements working alongside the local community: