SUSSTATION Assessment Tool

The SUSSTATION Assessment Tool is a web-based software tool that measures the level of sustainability of an existing station or a station design. It helps the owner or architect to make choices when designing, constructing and maintaining stations by guiding the works based on sustainability targets. It can also be used in the communication with other stakeholders, such as cities and regions.

SUSSTATION – sustainable stations is an initiative by 5 organisations from different European countries to support the construction of sustainable railway stations.

The assessment tool includes five topics: Energy, Environment, Health, Quality of Use and Future Value. Each of the five topics has three or four subsections. In each subsection the station is rated on a scale from 1 to 10 (1 is very bad, 10 is very good), thus identifying the weaknesses and strengths of the station or its design. The basis of the SUSSTATION Assessment Tool is a tool for the design and assessment of sustainable buildings which has been customised for stations.

NODES strategic objectiveContribution
Enhance accessibility and integration +
Enhance intermodality ++
Enhance liveability +
Increase safety and security conditions +
Increase economic viability and costs efficiency ++
Stimulate local economy +
Increase environmental efficiency ++
Increase energy efficiency ++

Good practice

The SUSSTATION Assessment Tool was used in different projects, all within the framework of the Interreg IVB NWE programme:

  • Utrecht 2030 (the Netherlands):

Utrecht is building a new station which will get a spacious, light main terminal hall, with a roof in a wave-like construction. The retail outlets to be integrated there will mainly be situated along the north strip of the hall. The south side will consist of one long glass wall with a view of the train tracks. Bus and taxi stops will be accessible directly from the main hall.

  •  StationGreen Horrem (Germany):

The Deutsche Bahn AG is building climate-neutral railway stations as part of the “StationGreen” programme. For example, the stations make maximum use of natural light, use photovoltaics and solar thermal energy and also use the collected rainwater. This project is designed to protect the environment, energy and climate and set standards for future (passenger) buildings.

Further good practices can be seen in Accrington Eco Station (England), Antrim Station (Northern Ireland) and Gare Boulogne Sur Mer (France) (see references below).

Potential interchange performance improvement

The Assessment tool was developed, trialled and tested widely around North West Europe. It is now available in a web-based version, which has advantages for both project teams and the software. In the web-based version, project teams have access to the same assessment and automatically share the same data. An assessment can be duplicated easily in order to compare several design or refurbishment variants. Comments, which are added by the project members, are visible for the whole team. Concerning the software, the main advantage is that it can be updated easily and users always have access to the most recent version. In addition, in the web-based version, different users can easily share their knowledge by inviting others to view the assessment. Once sufficient stations have been assessed, the database can also be used for anonymous benchmarking in a single country or throughout Europe.