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The contemporary station

Report by Fabienne Keller, member of the French Senate


Fabienne Keller, a member of the French Senate for the Bas-Rhin region, was asked by the Prime Minister to examine French railway stations. Her report, with contributions from Jean-Michel Vincent, Director of Strategy and Sustainable Development at the DREIF, was submitted to the Prime Minister on 10 March 2009.

The future of railway stations in France depends on a number of issues :

A - Two different cultures : rail and urban

B - Projected increase in passenger numbers

C - Regional planning and development requirements and urban densification of stations

D - Fragmentation of stakeholders

E - End-to-end journey information for passengers

F - The emergence of a new concept : the contemporary multimodal "main station"

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Origine (géographique, historique, économique, sociale…) :

The report is available from

- French documentation

- or on the website www.gare-ensemble.fr


Findings of the report on the "contemporary station". The senator highlights five main recommendations from the proposals as a whole:
- declare that the station is moving away from being purely a railway concept to a major multimodal station, at the heart of a central city neighbourhood, governed by a unifying structure and managed on a day-to-day basis by a station manager
- organise an urgent plan to implement multimodal information centres and passenger information screens within four years
- ask SNCF to clearly dissociate stations from its competitive business as a carrier
- invest significantly to create "main stations" in the regions and put in place a specific plan for the Ile-de-France region
- put in place dedicated funding to support the development of these projects from the AFITF, the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations and the recovery plan and introduce a specific tax on capital gains derived from land