Readers may disagree but I believe today’s train stations in the UK are smart compared with the days of British Rail.
The most striking examples being London’s St Pancras and Kings Cross termini.
However in mainland Europe there are some stations appearing neglected and run down. There are many of these in Germany.
Bessere #Bahnhöfe, starkes #Handwerk, sichere Arbeitsplätze! Zusammen mit der Deutschen #Bahn, @DB_Presse starten wir ein Sofortprogramm für attraktive Bahnhöfe. Bundesweit werden in diesem Jahr 167 Bahnhöfe aufgefrischt. Ob deine Station auch dabei ist?👉https://t.co/wpc67pLBsz pic.twitter.com/VYNFadZueN
— BMVI (@BMVI) August 14, 2020
One example being the station at Berlin Schonefeld which in 30 years appears little changed since the time of the GDR (German Democratic Republic). Readers will be pleased to learn this station appears on the above tweet containing the list of stations.
The government is to work closely with Deutsche Bahn (DB) to refresh 167 stations across the network, reports Railway Gazette.
No information on the cost of the works is shown but is reported to mean “better hubs, stronger craftsmanship and safe workplaces.”
A full list of the stations involved can be found on the BMVI (The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure) tweet above.
It is important to note that some stations are not included in the programme.
Cologne-based executive Nick Brooks commented on Twitter, “Should do [refresh] Hurth-Kalscheuren near Cologne. It’s a soulless dump with downtrodden urinated underpasses. But [it is] at the same time a junction with up to eight departures per hour. However at the same time Hurth is not on DB’s lists.”