Before construction work can start on the northern motorway tunnel, we are clearing the area underground to remove cables, pipelines and other items that are preventing construction. In Eduard van Beinumstraat, there are underground air ducts for the World Trade Center Amsterdam (WTC) car park ventilation system. The air outlets for the system are currently still integrated within the wind break next to the Wagamama restaurant. Starting this week, we were supposed to be installing sheet piling to create a construction pit in order to modify the ventilation system and remove the wind break. This work would have been very audible in the local area.
However, late last week the project received new information revealing that there is a floor underneath the wind break that was not previously included on the drawing. This underground floor has serious repercussions. The size of the construction pit will change, more soil will need to be dug up and supplemented and more materials will be required. This change to the plans is delaying the schedule for all of this work. We are pausing the installation of sheet piling until we understand all of the consequences and have factored these into a new schedule. The more minor works will continue as normal.
We are diverting the A10 Zuid underground in the centre of Zuidas. This will make it possible for Amsterdam Zuid station to develop into a public transport hub for railway, metro, bus and tram. Space will be created on the northern side of the station for a bus station and planting. On the southern side, there will be a tram station on the roof of the tunnel and space for a third railway platform. A tender procedure is currently under way for the tunnel project. Major construction works are expected to start in 2027.