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Two bridges, pedestrian tunnel to link Amsterdam, Amsterdam Noord

Post by notsofasteddie » Thu 15th Jun 2017 02:35 pm

Two bridges, pedestrian tunnel to link Amsterdam, Amsterdam Noord


By Janene Pieters
June 15, 2017


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Amsterdam is planning two bridges to connect Amsterdam with Amsterdam Noord. The first will by a bicycle bridge from Java Island to Noord. The second bridge will be built in West, near Stenen Hoofd. There are also tentative plans for a pedestrian tunnel at Central Station, the mayor and aldermen announced on Thursday, AT5 reports.

"The Java bridge will spread the growing group of cyclists in Amsterdam over the city, so that everyone can get to Central Station more automatically", responsible alderman Eric van der Burg said in a press release.

Construction of the Java Bridge is set to start in 2020 and will cost around 210 million euros. For the bridge to be built, the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam will have to be moved According to Het Parool, the mayor and aldermen want to move it either to Coenhaven or the northern side of the IJ.

The city is also preparing for the second bridge, from Amsterdam-West. A final decision on this bridge will be made in 2020, once there is more certainty about what will happen to the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. According to Van der Burg, construction of this bridge will start at least a year after the Java Bridge opens.

Finally, the city is considering a pedestrian tunnel at Central Station, to help guide pedestrian traffic. Whether this tunnel will become a reality depends on a number of factors, a spokesperson for Van der Burg said to NU.nl. One of these is whether the yet-to-be-built Sixhaven station will be added to the Noord-Zuid subway line.

Not everyone is happy with the plans for the Java Bridge. A number of Noord residents and Java island residents objected to the bridge because they worry about the crowds it may cause on their doorsteps. Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure and Environment and public works council Rijkswaterstaat also objected.


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Re: Two bridges, pedestrian tunnel to link Amsterdam, Amsterdam Noord

Post by notsofasteddie » Thu 15th Jun 2017 02:44 pm

Amsterdam set to vote on moving cruise terminal out of city centre


June 15, 2017


Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, the capital city’s cruise ship berth near the central railway station faces being moved out of the centre, the Financieele Dagblad said on Tuesday.

The council’s executive formally proposed the measure, first mooted by alderman Kasja Ollongren last November, on Tuesday and the full council will vote on the issue this summer. The relocation is part of a city plan to reduce the number of tourists in the centre of Amsterdam.

Moving the terminal will also make it easier to build the city’s first-ever fixed link to Amsterdam-Noord from the centre. Under current plans, a bridge for pedestrian and bicycle traffic is to be built near the western tip of Java island, near the cruise terminal.

PTA director René Kouwenberg is not pleased with the proposal and says the city must still come up with a suitable new location.

The city is considering four alternative sites for the PTA, none near the city centre. Passengers will have to be shuttled to the centre to visit tourist attractions.

In 2015, 143 cruise ships carrying 280,000 passengers, docked in Amsterdam, with passengers spending an estimated €100m during their short stay.


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Re: Two bridges, pedestrian tunnel to link Amsterdam, Amsterdam Noord

Post by notsofasteddie » Sat 22nd Jul 2017 01:00 pm

As Amsterdam rediscovers its north, should it be a tunnel or a bridge?


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Amsterdam wants to build two bridges over the IJ to link the district of Noord to the rest of the city. But business interests and central government say a tunnel would be better for everyone, including cyclists.

Amsterdam wants to build two bicycle/pedestrian bridges over the IJ to link the district of Noord to the rest of the city. But business interests and central government say a tunnel would be better for everyone involved.

Amsterdam is separated from its northern flank by the river IJ and for those without a car, the only way to reach Amsterdam-Noord from the rest of the city is by passenger and bicycle ferry.

But Amsterdam-Noord is suddenly in: the Eye film museum, the multi-purpose ‘skyscraper’ A’dam Toren (formerly Shell Research), restaurants, hotels, meeting facilities, clubs and new residential complexes add to its appeal.

Access is a big problem and the ferries are jam-packed as larger numbers of people head to the newly trendy north or into the city.

The new metro line will run between the north of the city and Amsterdam Zuid from 2018 and that should ease some of the burden for pedestrians. But what about cyclists?

Two bridges

A bridge or a tunnel would seem the obvious solution. After all, they have been discussed for more than a century. Now, finally, it looks like one or more of these will actually be built.

The first proposed bridge is centred on Java island, east of the city’s main railway station and will stretch over to Noord’s easterly flank. It was first mooted in January and has been tentatively approved by the city council. Work may begin in 2020, after the five-yearly Sail event.

But before the ink was dry on that proposal, officials were backing a second bridge, to the west of the station, at an area of wasteland – much used as a park – known as the Stenen Hoofd.

‘We have a lot of catching up to do. Close your eyes and think of London, San Francisco, Rotterdam. Then you envisage bridges, That’s what we want here too,’ city alderman Eric van der Burg told the Parool newspaper in June.

The Stenen Hoofd bridge poses a lot of problems. For a start it have to fit in with the criteria of Unesco which has declared the city-centre canal region a World Heritage Site. ‘No part of the bridge can be visible to people in the heritage area,’ officials say.

Bridge vs tunnel

But the chief drawback to both bridge proposals is that they will have to be at least 11 metres above water level to permit unhindered passage of shipping in the busy IJ waterway. And that means a lot of work for cyclists who are more used to the flat.

‘This will be welcome news to fans of the Ventoux mountain race,’ caretaker infrastructure minister Melanie Schultz was quoted as saying somewhat dryly in the Telegraaf.

Both bridge proposals are inconvenient for pedestrians, being too far away from the main attractions.

Schultz would much prefer that the Java island fixed-link be a tunnel and is supported in this by the Noord-Holland provincial authority. If the city opts for a bridge, it must be high enough to cope with pleasure craft and commercial shipping heading to Germany and beyond, she says.

Amsterdam port authority also favours the tunnel option in part because the bridge would necessitate the relocation of its cruise ship terminal PTA. ‘The port authority recognises the need for a fixed link with Amsterdam-Noord,’ it said in a statement. But it stands firmly behind a tunnel option.

Cruise ships

‘There are nautical problems related to a bridge. A bridge limits the space for shipping to manoeuvre, increases the risk of collisions and is less visible in poor weather or fog. A bridge distorts radar images, the port authority says.

The port authority is also opposed to plans to move PTA to the outskirts of the city so that passengers will have to be shuttled to the centre to visit tourist attractions. High-paying cruise ship passengers prefer to be closer to the action in every port they visit.

After all, it says, the cruise terminal is a nice little earner for Amsterdam: in 2015, 143 cruise ships carrying 280,000 passengers, called at the cruise terminal and they spent an estimated €100m during their short stay in Amsterdam.

Kasja Ollongren, the ambitious deputy mayor of Amsterdam, has decided the cruise terminal has to move because ‘Amsterdam has too many tourists.’ Her critics say she should start cutting the number of tourists at the other end of the scale, those who arrive on Easyjet and use AirBnB, rather than the wealthy people arriving on cruise ships

A bridge too far?

The most bizarre spin on the story came at the end of June, when the Parool newspaper got hold of a city council memo which said a bridge, even if built, would likely have to be closed to bike traffic two to three times an hour to allow passage of shipping. Inland shipping aside, even the tiniest of yachts often have masts in excess of 11 metres high.

Which brings us back to the ferries. One Parool reader suggested replacing the present boats with ferries designed for Shanghai. These are not only larger than the Amsterdam ferries but they are easier and faster during boarding and disembarkation.


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Two bridges pedestrian tunnel to link Amsterdam Amsterdam Noord

Post by NormaHipsy » Sun 18th Aug 2019 09:55 am

I too would love to see actually drawings of what the project would look like.

One thing is for certain though, 103st hairpin turn and walterdale bridge needs to be replaced with something better.

Here is another idea, going away from these bridges for a bit. How about a bridge on the other side of downtown to help all the traffic from 98 Ave. I say create a bridge that can support car traffic as well as a deck for LRT and even lower down create another pedestrian crossing.

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