In February 2018 we felled 630 trees. A total of around 8,000 trees will be cleared between November 2018 and March 2019. You can find a general map of the sites involved at the end of this article. In theory, tree felling is only permitted between November 1st and March 31st. So, during this felling season, we have to fell every tree in those areas where we plan to start work before 1 November 2019. Our tree-felling operations are based on the ‘just in time’ principle. That is to say ‘not until it is really necessary’. A tree felling permit has already been granted for these 14,400 trees. Also, as expected, further refinements to the design mean that additional trees may have to be removed. We have also vacated one work area, as the Nuon energy company wants to build a district heating plant on that site. This means we’ll have to move to a new location which, in turn, means that extra trees will need to be felled. All in all, this extra felling will involve around 160 trees during this tree-felling period. To this end, an application for a tree felling permit will be submitted.
We need to fell these trees to push ahead with the construction of Zuidasdok. Space is needed for widening the southern section of the A10 orbital motorway and running part of it through an underground tunnel, and for refurbishing the junctions. This will create space for other developments, such as the expansion and renovation of Amsterdam Zuid station. Once felling operations have been completed, we will start ‘preloading’ these cleared sites with piles of sand to compress the subsurface soil, creating a stable base for future road surfaces and temporary roads for construction traffic.