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Sustainable growth in rail patronage means getting station travel planning right

Jon Foley, Managing Consultant (Smarter Travel) at MVA, says developing an effective station travel plan is relatively straight forward – it is encouraging stakeholders to talk the same language when it comes to delivery that is often more of a challenge

Jon Foley, Managing Consultant (Smarter Travel) at MVA
Jon Foley
Jon Foley


A growth in rail patronage is a good thing, isn’t it? Intuitively, the answer to this question must be “yes”, but I am not so sure.

My concern is that one of the by-products of rail growth is, potentially, an unacceptable impact on the local community surrounding a station. If the anticipated 30% growth in patronage was accompanied by a 30% increase in the volume of cars accessing the station, the congestion impacts and inevitable pressure on station car parks would be...

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