Living spaces that are becoming centres of attraction

As the main pillars of modern transportation systems, stations and intermodal transport hubs are both a connection point for transport services and community hotspots where people come to live, work, and play. Architects are making stations memorable places that not only create value for neighborhoods and offer comfort to all passengers, but also so that they become a place of meeting, entertainment, and shopping.

From the station platform to the multimodal hub, SYSTRA mobilizes all the expertise needed to create stations and interchanges, and to facilitate travel.

We have the expertise to manage :

  • passenger flows;
  • traffic flow;
  • passenger information;
  • visual identity;
  • lighting;
  • acoustic ambience;
  • accessibility, to enable People with Reduced Mobility (PRM) to move around stations more easily.


Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is a developing trend that creates vibrant, livable, and sustainable communities that centre around stations. TOD sees the creation of a walkable and pedestrian-oriented city utilizing mixed-use activations that make it possible for people to live, work, and play in the same area. It also makes it possible to reduce car dependence.

TOD is increasingly popular thanks to a combination of factors including:

  • Growing population density in urban populations and the desire for a high-quality lifestyle;
  • Reduced appetite for urban sprawl from both communities and governments;
  • Traffic congestion and the demand for greater mobility and ease of travel including active transportation;
  • Changing lifestyles and demographics i.e. more singles and smaller families;
  • Local economic growth and development that supports city planning initiatives.

As the signature team for transport solutions, SYSTRA designs TOD projects that create vibrant and sustainable communities. We understand the importance of establishing a sense of place through the design and development of transportation solutions. We have a deep understanding of intermodal connectivity and how mobility affects the communities’ well-being and happiness.


SYSTRA has a multidisciplinary team of architects, urban planners, and engineers who are highly specialized in urban transport projects and have delivered hundreds of elevated stations. Their expertise ranges from conceptual design to detail design for:

  • Structure from roof to foundations;
  • Architecture: Urban design (including station insertion) and landscaping; Functional design (station sizing, accessibility studies); Multimodal studies, including finishes (internal and external);
  • MEP engineering: HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning); Dewatering/plumbing; Fire engineering and Smoke Management Systems; Vertical engineering – escalators and elevators, including low voltage systems.

The teams also apply their expertise to depot and ancillary buildings worldwide.


An elevated station is a transit line access point located above the streetscape. Elevated stations benefit communities as they remove level crossings, improving commuter safety.

Elevated stations also benefit communities by activating places below the station, opening up the possibility of new amenities for communities as well as green space.

Creation, modernization: towards optimal stations

We are project managers for some of the biggest stations being built in Europe today: Old Oak Common station on the HS2 network in the United Kingdom, the largest London station built in a century to the north-west of the British capital, which will connect the underground, suburban and high-speed rail networks with a total of 14 platforms, as well as the international stations of Susa in Italy and Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne in France as part of the Euralpin Lyon-Turin project.

We are overseeing the construction of these new interconnection hubs, with the aim of maximizing the quality of services provided to passengers, while controlling the completion schedule.

Our expertise also extends to modernizing existing stations, with major projects to our credit such as the Grande Halle Voyageurs at Bordeaux-Saint-Jean and Valence in France, Moynihan Hall in New York and the regeneration of Tillberga station in Sweden. We are modernizing buildings, some of which were built more than a century ago and have become historic monuments, even symbolic of their cities.

We are modernizing passenger facilities, such as raising platforms, creating lift access and fixed staircases, and making underground and outdoor areas safe, with particular attention paid to architectural enhancement, while keeping schedules under control to minimize the impact of site operations on passenger and operator operations.

Preparing sustainable stations also means ensuring from the outset that the infrastructure built meets the highest environmental standards. For example, SYSTRA designed the stations for the Route 2020 extension of the Dubai metro, all of which have LEED certification for their excellent sustainability, and our teams in India were involved in the creation of the Nagpur Jhansi Rani Square station, which received the Platinum Award from the Indian Green Building Council.

Multimodality and accessibility: stations for everyone

From new hubs to modernized stations, stations designed by SYSTRA are accessible to all, and particularly to PRM. Our teams have the full range of expertise required to make stations accessible, with numerous projects underway for the New York, Marseille and Chantilly-Gouvieux metro systems.

The aim is not only to provide platforms with equipment that complies with PRM accessibility standards, but also to overhaul signage, information systems and appropriate lighting to make these areas welcoming to all.

Multimodality is also key to ensuring the efficiency of new stations: the Philippine authorities have entrusted us with the creation of most of the stations in the new NSCR suburban network, with the aim of turning these stops into areas for concentrating services and redeploying local transport networks.

In France, we are providing Île-de-France Mobilités with our expertise in consultancy, planning and architecture for the development of multimodal hubs in the Paris region, and we have contributed to the studies for the Bry-Villiers-Champigny station, which will connect the Grand Paris Express to the suburban lines of the Transilien network. In Poland, we took part in the creation of the first high-speed multimodal station at Lodz Fabryczna.

From platform to visual identity: towards augmented stations

Whatever the station projects we are involved in, SYSTRA always meets the client’s initial requirements, while providing differentiated services to ensure that the most appropriate solutions are delivered.

When budgets are tight or access needs to be improved, our teams can create prefabricated modular platforms, as at Hubbert’s Bridge station in the UK, or install access footbridges, as on the Niort – La Rochelle railway line.

We are also experts at creating new platforms in high-traffic stations, such as the Voie L installed without interrupting traffic at Gare de Lyon – Part-Dieu, one of the busiest stations in France.

Did you know?

To enable station platforms to be fitted out in record time and within tight budgets, SYSTRA has devised a modular platform system called SYSTRA Single Bay Modular Platform.

With construction times limited to a few months, even on small sites, this steel solution, which is lighter than concrete, is also less dependent on weather conditions for its creation.

All platform profiles (straight, curved, with PRM access, etc.) are possible. This solution is an asset for operators when redeveloping stations and making them accessible.