The overall aim of the project is to design future high-capacity rail stations that improve station users flows, yet provide safety and security. The starting point of the design is the typical nominal design of a high-capacity inter-modal and multi-functional railway station. Intermediate steps include design for space (purpose); station user flow optimisation; design for aesthetics; and structural design. Although a linear approach is applied from initial design down to the final design, the process has complex inputs influenced by Key Design Factors (KDFs) through an iterative process.

To execute the full concept requires multi-disciplinary solutions combining expertise from user behaviour, PRMs needs & accessibility, sensors/detection, information & signage, software engineering for crowd flow analysis and development, economic analysis of the designs, safety & security, train door systems design, and concept validation. The FAIR Stations consortium covers all these expertise.