Major engineering works partly cut off Zuidas, ring road and station closed

The entire project can be followed via webcam
The entire project can be followed via webcam

Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district is partly cut off from Friday morning until Monday as major work is carried out on the railway station.

The A10 ring road heading for Utrecht is being closed to all traffic for the three days and both the city council and ANWB motoring organisation have advised motorists and train users to find alternative routes or stay at home.

The work also means there are no trains between Schiphol airport and Duivendrecht and the Bijlmer Arena. Dutch railway company NS has not put on extra trains between the airport and Amsterdam Lelylaan station to pick up the slack because ‘we have told all regular travellers about the problem.’

Tourists will be given extra help on their arrival at the airport, an NS spokesman said.

The road and rail closures are needed so that engineers can move an enormous concrete plate over the A10 and the railway. The plate is a roof section of a new tunnel under the station.

The work is part of the massive Zuidasdok project to expand and place the ring road underground and increase the size of the station.

However, although work is progressing, the cost is soaring and the government has commissioned an independent investigator to look into the entire project to ensure it is still relevant.

The weekend’s work and the moving of the concrete roof can be followed life on ProRail webcams.

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