Amsterdam's new innovative metro line
Having started construction in 2003, Amsterdam’s new Noord/Zuidlijn – running from the northern part of Amsterdam under the river IJ to Station Zuid – will welcome its first passengers on 22 July. A feat of engineering, the €3.1bn project overcame a number of difficulties during construction, and even saw planners develop a completely new tunneling technique - ‘microtunneling’ – to complete the 9.7km metro line. Creating a metro line underneath canals and Amsterdam’s historic streets without damage to the ancient buildings directly above was paramount, and required the highest quality geotechnical engineering expertise and ground engineering innovations.
Faster travel times through the city
The 121,000 passengers expected to use the new metro line each day can travel from Amsterdam Noord to Zuid in just 15 minutes, and from Zuidas to Central Station in around 10 minutes. Services will run 10 times per hour, and in the evening the subway will run every seven or eight minutes. This new connection between some of the city’s busiest transport exchanges and business centres - from Amsterdam North to Central Station, then below ground towards the RAI Amsterdam and connecting to the already existing Amsterdam South station - covers almost 10km over two overground and six underground stations, and reduces travel time from 31 to 16 minutes.
A new connection for business in Amsterdam
The south of Amsterdam is quickly becoming one of the city’s most prominent business districts, and the current expansion and development of Zuidas - the city’s main financial hub, boasting high-tech office space, modern housing and business facilities – is transforming the area from a business centre into a mixed-use urban district. Several projects are currently being carried out in Zuidas that focus on how to improve links between the area itself and the rest of the city, and the EMA is also set to move to its new base in the Zuidas by 2020.
In connecting Zuidas with central and northern areas of Amsterdam, the city is strengthening its position as a world-leading business location, with the major investment in new infrastructure improving accessibility and making the city more attractive to international companies. Around 80% of business visitors to Amsterdam visit one of its many unique cultural offerings – including museums and landmarks – and the new line will make the city centre even more accessible for those visitors staying and working in the Zuidas area or Amsterdam Noord.
RAI Amsterdam: Planning for the future
By connecting the two rapidly expanding suburbs of Amsterdam Noord and Zuid, the Noord/Zuidlijn will contribute greatly to trade and industry growth in the city. One way in which this can also help businesses will be the improved accessibility to world-leading conference centre RAI Amsterdam. In addition to the facility’s train station and tram stop, it will now have its own metro stop in front of the convention centre: Station Europaplein.
RAI Amsterdam is already working hard on a vision and strategy for the future, using the new line to offer businesses more opportunities for conferencing and events. Amsterdam is already an ideal conference destination, hosting hundreds of world-class congresses, conventions, events and trade fairs each year, and so the improved connectivity and RAI Amsterdam's plans can only help create a more fertile breeding ground for new and innovative conferences, meetings and meetups.