Future Secure and Accessible Rail Stations


FAIR Stations will develop an integrated solution that is a (fair) balance between the needs of passengers and other categories of customers and the constraints of infrastructure (stations) in general and vehicle access (door) system from platforms in particular.

It will investigate passenger and other customers’ flows serving the needs of the general public, and also pay special attention to the needs of persons with reduced mobility (PRMs), who usually lead to additional design requirements for accessibility to stations, platforms and trains.

Go to Social dataset

Social dataset

Development of social dataset that includes passenger needs and expectations. Emphasis will be made on the various categories of PRMs, who tend to define most of the accessibility requirements.

Go to Benchmarking


Benchmarking of state-of-the-art technology and information through identification of past research, and data related to passenger crowd flow, accessibility (for PRMs) and security risk assessment in high capacity stations.

Go to Crowd flow analysis

Crowd flow analysis

Development of crowd flow analysis tool for the general population but that takes account of PRMs, baggage handling and security.

Go to Platform Train Interface

Platform Train Interface

Develop an integrated (design) solution of a complex rail station, Platform Train Interface (PTI) interface and vehicle based independent boarding system for improved crowd flow and security.

Design concepts

Evaluation of design concepts to obtain one with the highest impact based on the project’s identified Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).


Make recommendations to improve existing good practice guidelines and standards.

The Project

Duration: September 2017 - August 2019
Budget: 1.2 MEuro (1.2 MEuro EU-funded)
Coordinator: Stam S.r.l.
Improved passenger flow within the station, and at the PTI and train doors access

Stations are not only the place where passengers board and alight the moveable railways assets, the trains, they are more and more places where other activities than only transport are offered to citizens and they now become destinations in their own right and dynamic places of commercial, retail and social activities.

With increasing demand for railway transport and for additional services – either for intermodal transport or for non-purely transport activities railway stations are becoming more and more complex. Subsequently, there are likely to be issues with congestion, guidance and security that are not experienced in more remote stations.

The FAIR Stations project aims to develop solutions for improved users flow within the station, and at the platform train interface (PTI). This will be done putting customer satisfaction, and security & safety at the centre of the station design, paying special attention to needs of PRMs.

  • Increased throughput rate during peak hours

  • Reduced number of successful threats

  • Reduced train dwell time

  • Improved accessibility to multimodal stations for all categories of citizens


The consortium consists of 8 partners and 4 LTPs, each having specific and high value knowledge in all needed scientific and technological branches which are required to meet the objectives of the project.

To cover the project objectives, the key competences of the partners relate to door access systems, station infrastructure, human factors (behaviour and characteristics), accessibility (PRMs especially), security and safety.


STAM is an engineering firm providing consulting, design and engineering services. A large part of STAM activities is related to safety and security aspects of critical infrastructures in transportation engineering. STAM will be responsible for the overall project coordination and governance.

University of Newcastle upon Tyne

The University of Newcastle upon Tyne will be involved through its Centre for Railway Research (NewRail). NewRail acts as an interface between industry and academia and provides a focus for rail transport research activities, as well as undertaking university research of relevance to the rail industry.

Metro de Madrid

Over 7,000 people work to make it possible for around 2.5 million people to make their daily journeys in the most comfortable, quickest and safest way possible using a network which currently covers 294 kilometres and has 301 stations.

Vienna University of Technology

The Institute of Transportation is part of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and consists of three research centres. In the field of barrier-free and accessible transport infrastructure and mobility, it has contributed largely to research, education and practical works on over decades.


SIIT is a Technological District created in Liguria in 2005 as an integrated system for the development of industrial research activities, with more than 100 industrial and academic members.


APF is an engineering company, which provides services in urban infrastructures and transport project during all stages. Their main clients are Metro companies, public and private investors, other engineering firms and constructor companies.


ILUNION is a consultancy entity belonging to the business corporation of ONCE Foundation, which in turn belongs to ONCE, the National Organisation of the Spanish Blind. ILUNION works in the field of the social economy and over 50% of ILUNION’s staff are people with disabilities.


UITP is the world-wide association of urban, suburban and regional passenger transport operators, their authorities and suppliers. UITP’s main objectives are to study public transport and mobility aspects to promote the development of more efficient and attractive public transport services.


Aitek is a private company based in Genoa, Italy, with decades of experience in the field of image processing. Aitek was also in charge of video surveillance systems and video analysis. The company will contribute to the project as LTP of SIIT.


OnAIR is an Italian SME with a wide experience in Optimization, Data Analysis, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition. Current ONAIR activities mainly focus on transport applications. The company will contribute to the project as LTP of SIIT.


SWHARD is an SME based in Italy, with great expertise in the development of embedded systems and industrial grade custom control systems. The company will contribute to the project as LTP of SIIT.


Mr Amsler has more than 40 years’ experience in Public Transport, where he worked worldwide in the design, reorganisation, financing, governance and operation of local and regional public transport systems and services. The company will contribute to the project as LTP of UITP.

Project Advisory Board

We have engaged a Project Advisory Board to ensure FAIR Stations is aligned and up-to-date with the other related activities and projects internationally.

The members of the Board are presented in the following:

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