The control tower needs to be moved in preparation for the work at the De Nieuwe Meer interchange. The number of bridges over the Schinkel will increase over the next few years, due to the widening of the southern carriageway of the A10 motorway. To make space for this, two control towers need to be removed and the controls moved elsewhere. First, the contractor EQUANS will move the controls to a temporary location next to the control building for the De Nieuwe Meer lock on Jaagpad. Because the operators will not have a clear view of the bridge from that temporary location, cameras will need to be placed on all five bridges. We will install these cameras on the two ProRail bridges during the train-free period.
A complex challenge
The cameras will be mounted on masts. ‘For the two bridges that carry the A10 motorway, that is a fairly simple operation’, says Joop van der Velden, technical manager at Zuidasdok. ‘But on the railway bridges and the metro bridge there is hardly any space, so we will have to install steel platforms on the bridges with railings around them, to which the masts will then be affixed. It’s a complex job that you either have to do at night or when there are no trains passing.’ The cameras will be installed on the metro bridge and the two A10 bridges between the end of November and mid-December 2022. That work will be carried out at night.
S108 approach road will be closed on the night of 17-18 November
During the same period, the government infrastructure agency Rijkswaterstaat will replace a defective noise barrier next to the A10 motorway near the bridge over the Schinkel. The S108 access road will therefore be closed between 23.00 on Thursday 17 November and 5.00 on Friday 18 November. Rijkswaterstaat will remove the screen, repair it, and then replace it in early December. The work may lead to some localized noise disruption.
Upgrade of Amsterdam Zuid station
The Zuidasdok project will make use of the train-free period between 19 and 24 November to continue work on the upgrade of Amsterdam Zuid station. Near the new Brittenpassage, we will remove the two train platforms in order to drill the foundation piles for the future stairs and escalators for the platforms. Then we will rebuild the platforms. On the construction site to the east of Beethovenstraat (near AFC), we will temporarily dismantle part of the train track in order to fill a number of existing foundation piles with steel reinforcement and concrete.
No trains to or from Amsterdam Zuid station between 13 and 26 November
There will be no trains to or from Amsterdam Zuid station between 13 and 26 November. The station still be accessible as usual by metro, bus and tram. Amsterdam RAI station will remain accessible by train. ProRail will be moving and replacing points on the track between Amstelveenseweg and Parnassusweg, relocating cables and pipes and moving signals. This work is required to allow more trains to run between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Central in the long term. We recommend using the NS app for travel advice between 13 and 26 November.