During the Whitsun weekend, concrete and reinforcement will be added to around 100 piles that were installed under the metro and train tracks last year. These will form the foundation for two of the seven roof sections that are needed for the new passageway, which will be called the Brittenpassage. Work over the Whitsun weekend was originally planned to take three days, but due to the measures in place to tackle the coronavirus, the ZuidPlus construction consortium can allow fewer people on the site. This is so that everyone on site can continue to keep the appropriate distance from one another. And since fewer passengers are currently using public transport, we are taking the opportunity to extend this period by one day: Friday 29 May.
The roof of the Brittenpassage
Constructing the roof of the future Brittenpassage is a major operation. A total of seven roof sections are required. These need to be installed underneath four metro lines and four railway lines, and in places where a fifth and sixth line for international rail traffic will possibly be built in the future. The plan, after all, is for Amsterdam Zuid station to become Amsterdam’s second major railway station in terms of passenger numbers. The first roof section was already installed under railway tracks 2 and 3 in November. During the Whitsun weekend we will be working on the foundations for the next two roof sections, under railway track 4 and metro track 1.
Demolition of the tram tunnel
In addition to construction of the foundations for the pedestrian passageway, demolition work will also be taking place over the Whitsun weekend. On Friday 29 May, demolition crews will be working in the area to remove the last part of the disused tunnel for tramline 51 to Amstelveen. This work will be completed by 11 p.m. at the latest. We have scheduled quieter work for the subsequent days and nights.
Fewer train and metro services
Although we are working right between the metro and train tracks, and directly adjacent to the station and the highway, the disruption for travellers will be limited. The A10 motorway will remain accessible at all times, and rail and metro services will continue to run, although at a reduced frequency.
During the nights before and after the Whitsun weekend, many trucks will be bringing construction materials and will need to access the construction site. While the work is going on, too, there will be a constant stream of trucks bringing and taking away building materials, rubble and sand.
For safety reasons, the Parnassusweg heading towards the city centre will be closed to all traffic at three times:
– Overnight from Wednesday 27 May to Thursday 28 May, between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.
– Between Thursday 28 May at 10 p.m. and Tuesday 2 June at 5 a.m.
– Overnight from Tuesday 2 June to Wednesday 3 June, between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.
The closure will apply to the section between Mahlerlaan and Strawinskylaan, heading towards the city centre. Cars will be diverted via De Boelelaan, Beethovenstraat and Strawinskylaan. Cyclists and pedestrians will be diverted via the western side of Parnassusweg. On Friday 29 May, there will be additional restrictions for cyclists and pedestrians due to occasional delays on the western side of Parnassusweg caused by work on the new lawcourt building. Traffic controllers will be on site to direct traffic.
Of course, as last time, we will make sure that you can watch the work taking place live on our webcams.