Rails and stations

Growing urbanization has had a major impact on public transport networks around the world, with more people choosing to travel by train, tram and metro and demanding ever better levels of service. The result is busier rail networks and stations, pressure on train schedules and the need for greater investment to increase capacity.
Rails and stations: consultancy and design l Royal haskoningDHV

The infrastructure required to meet these challenges is subsequently becoming more complex, calling for an innovative approach to provide truly integrated railway design, and clear insight from the outset about the impact which that design might have on networks and the environment.

A station is the showpiece of a city or town – they often play a vital role in a city or region because of their location and accessibility. A station is a place where travelers, transporters and commercial facilities come together. Stations should therefore be welcoming: a place where people feel safe and comfortable.

Royal HaskoningDHV has a proven track record in delivering sustainable and innovative solutions to the industry which solve our clients’ challenges on a daily basis. Thanks to our integrated approach, together with our clients we work to improve the experience of the traveler as they move through the station.

Our experts have worked with a variety of industry players – from key operators such as NS and ProRail to municipalities including Rijkswaterstaat and regional operators Connexxion, Arriva and Syntus, a key aspect of our approach lies in stakeholder engagement. This is vital to driving the success of a project, not only in terms of increasing grip and commitment from all involved, but also by providing greater transparency and collaboration throughout a rail project lifecycle.

Our approach

We take a project approach centered on working closely with the client and other key stakeholders, using Systems Engineering to structure the specifications of the rail project.

We have extensive knowledge and capability in station development, transfer solutions for pedestrians, parking solutions, safety & security, signaling and traffic control systems, power supply and overhead catenary, civil constructions and rolling stock.

We use a range of tools on each project, including 3D design and BIM, as well as extensive micro-simulations of train schedules. Passenger flows and wayfinding in stations are also key to understand traveler requirements.

We are able to support you in all phases of rail & stations projects

  • Exploration and assessment of future transport demand
  • Development and adjustment of train schedules
  • Capacity studies
  • Assessment of rail networks, to ensure the rail infrastructure can accommodate envisaged timetable changes
  • Integrated design of all aspects of rail projects, including stations and integration into the environment
  • Preparation of tender documents
  • Oversight of infrastructure project delivery

Together with our clients, our aim in everything we do is to create good rail connections and appealing rail stations – functional and attractive for our clients, and comfortable for their customers.

Peter Boom - Director Rail asset management and digitisation


Director Rail asset management and digitisation