Pays de la Loire (France)

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La Roche sur Yon – Bressuire – Saumur
A revitalised line

Through additional services, innovative marketing campaigns, community engagement and improvements to stations, Citizens’ Rail has helped to rescue a line blighted by infrequent trains and very low passenger numbers. The project’s flagship “beach train” concept proved hugely popular, leading to 20,000 extra journeys being made in 2015 alone.
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A brighter, more attractive station

Penhoët has been viewed by passengers as an isolated and at night potentially intimidating station bordering St.Nazaire’s docks. Citizens’ Rail worked to improve its image through an innovative makeover carried out in partnership with the local community. The concept for the improved station came from a competition run with Nantes Design School.
More about plans for Penhoët
Rural stations
Evaluating disused station buildings

Seven disused rural station buildings in Pays de la Loire were assessed in partnership with councils and local residents to see what role they could play in their community, for example as nurseries, community hubs or station shops.
More about plans for the rural station

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