Thoughts and future issues
However, to achieve its full potential in contributing towards sustainable development another trend is apparent. This concerns the concept of ribbons that join the transport network to the wider community. Attention to feeder routes and integrated services, both on foot or by bicycle, and by bus and
light rail, helps the interchange to better meet the mobility needs of the twenty-first century. In doing so, it brings urban planning to the fore as a discipline that connects the interests of land use and transportation. So, whereas the interchange is a building or specific place of transport interconnection, its ramifications on city form, urban regeneration and social inclusion are wide. This has been overlooked in the past. Too often the station or interchange was funded, designed and engineered as a problem of transportation, while in reality it is a problem of sustainable development.