SYSTRA has a proven reputation for train station and platform design and delivery, helping clients overcome compliance and regulatory challenges to create much-needed new station and platform infrastructure for railway construction and development projects.

Station and platform design that puts passengers first

Transport authorities, rail operators and train operating companies frequently need to improve stations and platforms, or build new ones. Many have the funding available to build or upgrade their stations and platforms, but need expert support to navigate the maze of design, planning, consultation, regulatory, engineering and construction challenges for these complex projects.

Railway stations and platforms need to comply with strict standards and rail industry regulations. They must enable large numbers of passengers to move around safely, freely and efficiently. The construction and installation of new stations or platforms needs to be completed within limited timescales, often during short rail position windows – to minimise disruption to train services.

SYSTRA offers full station and platform architecture and design services. Our station specialists have the experience and knowledge to help clients navigate the multiple layers of regulations and standards, and deliver cost-effective stations that put passengers first.

SYSTRA rail design specialists can deal with every aspect of station and platform design, at any stage and on any scale.

Support for complete station and platform design and delivery.

SYSTRA designs railway station buildings and platforms around the needs of passengers. We help clients at every stage of projects to deliver new or upgraded stations and platforms.

We guide and advise clients from project initiation and stakeholder consultation through concept and detailed design, compliance procedures and construction phases, and on to acceptance into service.

From high-speed rail schemes to heritage line upgrades

Our integrated, end-to-end design capabilities cover all design disciplines and architectural specialists. We have the expertise to produce safe railway station systems and platforms for passengers, and to manage cost-effective and efficient projects for clients. Our proven expertise includes designing stations and platforms for major projects, including the new Reading Station, Gatwick Airport Station and Llanhilleth Station in Wales.

Our team has the capacity to support platform and station construction for projects of any size, from landmark new high-speed rail schemes to existing line extensions and upgrades, and even heritage railway developments.

Fast, safe, cost-effective modular platform solutions

One of the key drivers for platform construction is speed, since these structures often have to be installed within limited rail position windows. To rise to this challenge, SYSTRA originated the modular platform system. This has been refined and developed over the past 25 years and is widely used on Network Rail infrastructure. It uses off-site modular construction methods to create permanent platform structures.

Because the components are built off-site, on-site works to assemble the platforms are fast and unobtrusive. Designed to be installed with no need for mechanical lifting, and with lightweight components that require minimal foundations, construction work can often be completed without closing the tracks – so there is no disruption to train services.


  • Architectural Design
  • Structural Engineering
  • Railways Systems
  • BIM
  • Access for All Bridge Design
  • Modular Platforms
  • Sustainability & Carbon Reduction
  • Wayfinding
  • Human Factors & Ergonomics

Versatile platform solutions for any project

The modular system is flexible and adjustable, meaning bespoke platforms can be configured for specific locations. Our modular system can even be designed to accommodate tapering and curved platforms. Modular platforms can be installed in all weathers, and the reduced construction time on-site saves time and money for clients.

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