The tram track on the bend where Amstelveenseweg meets De Boelelaan is showing signs of wear and tear and needs to be replaced. It is located on the busy junction in the direction of Zuidas and the hospital Amsterdam UMC, VUmc location. ‘We’re getting the work done during the summer holiday, to ensure that fewer people are inconvenienced by the closure’, says Jeroen Bon, project manager at GVB. Despite this, the road closure, affecting ten lanes in total, will have an impact on traffic. Various diversions, which will be signposted, will aim to ensure that Zuidas, and, most importantly, the hospital remain as accessible as possible. However, GVB advises road users to avoid this area if they can.
In the space of three weeks, GVB will be replacing a total of 400 m of tram rail. It will be a non-stop process: seven days a week, 24 hours a day. According to Bon, the work itself is not particularly complex, although a special type of track is being replaced. ‘The work will involve replacing what is known as an ES-weld in the track. There are hardly any of these on Amsterdam’s tramways.’ Basically, an ES-weld is a plastic component in the track that ensures that the tracks are electrically isolated from all electrical equipment in the area. It is needed here because of the hospital, since the ES-weld prevents the tram’s electrical system from affecting the hospital’s electrical equipment.
How can you travel?
If you’re driving from the A10 or Stadionplein in the direction of Zuidas, Amstelveen, Buitenveldert or Amsterdam UMC, VUmc location, you will be diverted via Europaboulevard (S109). If you’re coming from Amstelveen or Buitenveldert and heading towards the A10 or the Stadionbuurt district, the route will run via Van Nijenrodeweg/s109, Buitenveldertselaan and Parnassusweg. Tram 24 will take its normal route from Central Station until it reaches the Olympiaweg stop, where it will turn in the direction of the Haarlemmermeercircuit. This means that the 24 will not go in the direction of Zuidas and will not stop at the Olympisch Stadion, Ijsbaanpad, Amstelveenseweg and De Boelelaan/VU stops throughout this three-week period. Instead of tram 24, you can take bus 62, which also stops at the Haarlemmermeercircuit. This bus will take its normal route via De Boelelaan, stopping at the VUmc stop as usual. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to continue past the work as normal.
You can find more information about the diversions, times of the work and overnight work on this GVB page. If you have any questions, please call GVB Customer Service on 0900 – 8011.