If you’ve ever used this line, you are well aware that metro/tram 51 is in need of replacement. The trains are outdated, often full to bursting and vulnerable to faults. There have also been issues with traffic safety around the tram line.
What will change on 3 March?
Metro line 51 will continue to run, but not all the way to Amstelveen. The route from Amsterdam Centraal to Amsterdam Zuid will not change. However, from Zuid, the tram will no longer run to Amstelveen, but will continue to Sloterdijk station and its terminal at Isolatorweg. Bus 55 will replace the tram until the end of 2020. A stop will be introduced in Strawinskylaan for this bus.
In the meantime, tram 5 will continue to run to Amstelveen. At weekends only, during work on and near the track, line 5 will be withdrawn from service between Amsterdam Zuid station and Amstelveen Stadshart. In 2019, this will happen in the weekends of 9/10 March, 13/14 April, 20/22 April (including Easter Monday) and 15/16 June. Tram 5 will also be out of action for the entire period from 14 July until 25 August 2019. When tram 5 is not running, shuttle bus 45 will replace the connection between Amsterdam Zuid station and Amstelveen bus station.
Work on Beneluxbaan
Work on the renewal of the Amstelveen line is now well underway. Three of the junctions on Beneluxbaan will be positioned below ground level. This will improve traffic flow, including the tram. All of the stops will also be renewed and adapted for trams with low floors.