No car and rail traffic. Why?
In the night of Friday 1 to Saturday 2 November we are going to be sliding a gigantic concrete structure, measuring 70 by 15 metres and 2 metres thick, across the A10 southbound motorway and the railway line and into position. To do so we are going to dig up the outer ring of the A10 southbound motorway (from West to East) and the railway line along an 85 metre long section. The preparations will already be starting on Thursday evening, 31 October, from 22.00 onwards. The road will be open again for the morning rush hour on Monday 4 November. Trains will start running again on Sunday 3 November, but the service will be limited. We need three consecutive days to do the excavation work, install the roof and return everything to ‘normal’.
Weren’t you going to do that during the Whitsun weekend?
That’s right. The A10 southbound motorway was closed and there were no trains via Amsterdam Zuid and RAI stations on a number of weekends in May and June as well. That was when all the preparatory work was carried out to enable the installation of roof sections for the Brittenpassage, the new extra tunnel for rail travellers using Amsterdam Zuid station. The idea was that we would also use the long Whitsun weekend to install the roof section. That turned out not to be feasible because not all the necessary work had been done to enable the massively heavy (3 million kilo) concrete roof section to be installed. That was hugely disappointing because the railway shutdown had to be requested a long time in advance (around one and a half years) so that the timetable could be adjusted and rail travellers informed. Because we did not manage to get the work done at Whitsun, we had to look for a new date on which to finish the work off. And now we have one. However, instead of on Whit Monday there will now be no trains and the road will be closed on a working day (Friday 1 November). So this time people will not really have the option of travelling to work by car. That is why we are appealing to you to work somewhere else.