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Railway stations for green and socially inclusive cities

European Union
Geo-spatial type
Infrastructure Node
Total project cost
EU Contribution
€697 796
Project website
Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Infrastructure (INF)
Transport mode
Rail icon
Transport policies
Environmental/Emissions aspects,
Societal/Economic issues
Transport sectors
Passenger transport


Call for proposal
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

At the heart of our cities, railway stations play a dual role as vital transport hubs and bustling public spaces. Their influence extends beyond the tracks, impacting the lives of citizens and the environment. The EU-funded RAIL4CITIES project will develop an innovative model for railway stations, paired with a comprehensive European methodology. This transformative approach addresses various hurdles such as profit-centric business models, complex networks of stakeholders and policy gaps. The project will be put into practice through five living labs, each tailored to specific station transformations. The goal is to create a blueprint for transforming stations into engines of urban sustainability and integrated service hubs.


Railway stations hold a unique position in the urban landscape: they not only act as complex nodes of mobility and transport, but also as public places that can be seen as integral elements of the city. Consequently, stations have a decisive impact on their urban surroundings as places of everyday life, affecting all stakeholders including citizens and the environment.

The central ambition of RAIL4CITIES is to develop a new operational, readily available and highly applicable model of stations (SCP model), combined with a common European methodology and tool for its effective implementation. The project takes inter-dependent impediments (profit-orientated business model, complex web of agents and stakeholders, policy gaps) into account and provides decision makers with the tools to transform stations into promoters of sustainable cities.

The model will be applied to 5 living labs addressing the stations’ transformation into hubs of green and active mobility (FR), energy hubs (IT), towards Transit Oriented Development (DE), into a socially-inclusive services hub with using Nature Based Solutions (PL) and services hubs enabling the 15-minute city and circular economy (BE). This will be enhanced by 3 case-studies from the high-speed rail line from Lisbon to Oporto (PT) to study the resilience of infrastructures for both adaptation of spaces to new future uses, and adaptation to climate-change issues and health crises.

With 14 partners from 7 European countries, further supported by 9 institutions through letters of support, the RAIL4CITIES consortium and ecosystem integrates the relevant stakeholders from universities, industry, government and the public, and is therefore in the position to design, evaluate and publish a EU-wide model for transforming existing stations or designing new ones into socio-technical systems operating as city’s greening engines for the surrounding environment, and new urban hubs aggregating multiple services for the users and its citizens


Specific funding programme
HORIZON.2.5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility
HORIZON.2.5.8 - Smart Mobility
Other Programme
HORIZON-ER-JU-2022-ExplR-01 New railway station concept for green and socially inclusive smart cities


Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
€149 375
Partner Organisations
EU Contribution
€145 579
EU Contribution
€101 937
EU Contribution
€89 804
EU Contribution
€54 937
EU Contribution
€40 472
EU Contribution
€18 465
EU Contribution
€18 465
EU Contribution
€5 000
EU Contribution
€33 835
EU Contribution
€39 925


Technology Theme
Artificial Intelligence, Big Data management and decision support frameworks
Digital transformation of rail operations

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