One of the best ways to encourage good behavior is to make it fun, and this newly revamped train station in Utrecht complete with a slide is a great example of that philosophy in action. The slide, which has been named the 'Transfer Accelerator', gives travelers a new way to get down the stairs at the entrance to the Overvecht station. Not only is it way more appealing, but it's also a bit quicker. Designed by HIK Ontwerpers as part of the station's redevelopment project, the slide is just one of the many additions to improve the usability, sustainability and safety of the new station.
The Overvecht station was originally built in 1995, but had since fallen into disrepair with the concrete crumbling and an unmanned kiosk. ProRail, the railway maintenance company, hired HIK Ontwerpers to redesign the station to improve the safety and usability of the station. The renovation consisted of reworking the circulation, rebuilding the stairs, adding more planting spaces and of course adding the slide.
Dubbed the ‘Transfer Accelerator’ by ProRail, the playful slide is used by adults and children alike to get down the stairs. While some people in the area (see the video below) think that using a slide will make them “fat like Americans,” we think it just makes things more fun. We’re pretty certain that if more stations had slides, more people would take the train. The slide was the last piece of the project, which was completed earlier this summer. Passengers now have a more pleasant station to move through, and in addition to the awesome slide there is also open, terraced courtyard to enjoy.
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