Development of station areas through business cooperation – cooperation models and financing

Management of station areas is changing in the future in almost all station areas. The State Railways (VR) has announced its desire to give up its 25 station properties, almost all of which are station areas in the member regions of the MAL network. Several municipalities have announced that they are not interested in acquiring and developing station properties. The assignment aims to promote the implementation of development projects and investments in station areas in a comfortable and functional way

The work makes extensive use of previously collected material, and the investigation work aims to tie together the previously formed final results and the observations that have emerged. Although the work examines the current models of the multi-functional development of station areas and recommendations for their development and financing of development investments, the nature of the study is also gathering and reflective in relation to previous studies.

The work consists of three work packages. Work package 1 analyzes the models in use. Analysis
the goal is to find out which investments and measures have promoted the growth, usability, and sustainable development goals of the station areas. Work package 2 maps the practices and opportunities of EU funding in development. In work package 3, a practical plan is formed for the development of station areas and obtaining EU funding to promote development projects. In addition to MDI’s experts, Jaana Myllyluoma from FCG, who specializes in mapping EU funding opportunities, will be participating.

The work will be completed by November 2023.