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High speed transport has a key role to play in promoting balanced spatial development across NW Europe. Therefore any attempt to improve HST needs to work on a transnational basis. The prime objective of the 15 partner, 21.893m euro HST Connect project is to forge closer connections between regional rail services and the trans-European High Speed Train network, with the aim of increasing the latter’s catchment area by 20m people. As part of this, the project aims to improve travel [...]
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Website
http://www.hst-network.net


 HST Connect

Lead Partner:
South East England Development Agency (SEEDA)
Cross Lanes, GU1 1YA Guildford, Surrey
UK
Tel ++44 1483 484205
Fax ++44 1483 484249

Contact:
Detlef Golletz
Project Manager
detlefgolletz@seeda.co.uk

Measure: 2.1

Start date: 2003/06/01
End date: 2008/03/01

ERDF Grant: € 7 888 828
Total eligible cost: € 19.1 M€


Partners involved:

UK - South East England Development Agency (SEEDA)

UK - Reading Borough Council

UK - Sea Space Ltd

UK - Kent County Council

UK - Government Office for the South East

FR - Region Nord-Pas de Calais

BE - Leiedal Intercommunale voor Streek Ontwikkeling

BE - Provincie West-Vlaanderen

BE - Ville de Liège

NL - Gemeente Maastricht

FR - Lille Métropole Communauté Urbaine

DE - City of Aachen

NL - Gemeente Eindhoven

UK - South East England Regional Assembly (SEERA)


Project type: Investment


Summary
High speed transport has a key role to play in promoting balanced spatial development across NW Europe. Therefore any attempt to improve HST needs to work on a transnational basis. The prime objective of the 15 partner, 21.893m euro HST Connect project is to forge closer connections between regional rail services and the trans-European High Speed Train network, with the aim of increasing the latter’s catchment area by 20m people. As part of this, the project aims to improve travel environment, especially that of stations and their forecourts, to ensure that throughout their journey passengers enjoy the same high comfort experience as when travelling on the high speed network. An allied objective is improve integration of stations into the fabric of the cities they are located in by stimulating development of the often neglected areas that surround them. An advice guide, entitled ‘Lifting the Barriers’ will be published, alongside a study of how primary HST services can be extended into the regions they serve.

Objectives
The overall objective of the project is to stimulate better utilization and passenger take up of the already existing (HST) infrastructure by improving the quality of the transport chain and the travel environment, especially in stations and station areas.
Specific objectives include:

  • Connect secondary networks and their regions to the primary network;
  • Stimulating higher quality of the transport chain and the travel environment, especially within stations and station forecourts;
  • Stimulate development momentum in urban areas otherwise treated as the backyard of towns and cities;
  • Stimulate the transport, social, spatial and economic integration of stations into the urban fabric of social and economic life;
  • Stimulate “connectivity” to the railway industry and train operating companies by engaging in debate
  • and consultation and exploring wider service options to increase patronage; and
  • Stimulate exchange of knowledge and expertise within the HST family of partners and beyond.

Activities

Expected Outcomes

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