The major Zuidasdok project now has a new schedule. The original plan was for a single contractor to work on all of it. The project has now been divided into parts, some of which will be happening simultaneously. So, what can you expect?
The tendering process for the reconstruction of the De Nieuwe Meer interchange, including the bridges over the river Schinkel, has been officially launched. The project is part of the Zuidasdok project and aims to improve traffic flow on the A10 Zuid.
At last, we can see our colleagues in person rather than on screen. As lockdown is lifted, life is set to return to the offices in Zuidas. But what we don’t want to see is a return to traffic congestion and overfilled trains. Will we manage that?
The definitive design for the Amsterdam Zuid public transport hub has been completed. We will shortly be submitting an application to the North Sea Canal Area Environmental Service (‘Omgevingsdienst Noordzeekanaalgebied’) for an environmental permit. This has been preceded by intensive preparation.
Fifty mixing trucks containing ten cubic metres of concrete each were needed to create the third roof section for the new pedestrian underpass at Amsterdam Zuid station on 9 June 2021. ‘It was quite a logistical challenge’, says Frank van Klaren of construction consortium ZuidPlus.
Three new test areas consisting of stone tiles will be installed at Amsterdam Zuid station this summer. Various types of grey stone tiles will be monitored over the coming year to see how they respond to wear and usage. Tests have already been done to see how they cope with spills and stains such as coffee, cola and ketchup.
People who travel to and from Zuidas for work used a car more often than the train in 2020. That change that is likely to persist even after the pandemic is over. This was one finding of the Zuidas Mobility Survey, which was dominated by the pandemic.
The new Amsterdam Zuid station will have many more stairs, escalators and lifts leading to the platforms than the existing station. That means no more crowds of people on the stairs and escalators leading to the platforms. The new access routes have been designed by Frank Bouwman and his colleagues – a much more complex challenge than you might think.
‘Each of the roof sections that need to be placed over the new pedestrian passageway at Amsterdam Zuid station is unique’, explains planning engineer Jim Kerssens. The construction consortium ZuidPlus is currently working on the third roof section – there will be seven in total.
Outgoing Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen and deputy mayors Victor Everhardt and Egbert de Vries have updated the House of Representatives and Amsterdam City Council on Zuidasdok and the estimated financial shortfall.
A new piece of the foundations for the extra station passageway, a wider platform and a bend in railway track 4. That’s what we have to show for 100 hours of work over Easter weekend. On the morning of Tuesday, 6 April 2021, the trains and metros resumed normal services.
The foundations for two roof sections for the additional passenger tunnel at Amsterdam Zuid station are now in the ground. On Saturday, 3 April 2021, the reinforcement cages were put in place and filled with concrete. So far, the work has run according to schedule. Here’s a brief impression of the work.