Other station renovations
In addition to the major key projects, NS and ProRail are renovating several other stations so that they can continue to form a pleasant and safe environment for ever-increasing numbers of travelers in the future.
The renovation of station Heerlen is part of a total metamorphosis planned for the station area. In the 'Maankwartier', an attractive station environment will be created with a combination of housing, offices and retail spaces. The current barrier between two neighbourhoods formed by the tracks will disappear. The engineering works began in late 2011, and the Maankwartier is expected to be completed in 2016, transforming the city of Heerlen forever. Artist Michel Huisman designed the Maankwartier as a miniature city-within-a-city, with its own reality that includes a new station, shops and cafes, a hotel, offices, terraces and residences spread across several stories.
In the future, station Naarden-Bussum is expected to have to deal with many more travellers. This will require some adjustments to the rails, the station and the surrounding area, with the understanding that the station's architectural and cultural value should be maintained, while also guaranteeing the travellers' safety.
Station Naarden-Bussum is currently a bottleneck in the railway timetable. Planned adjustments to the rails here will make it possible to increase the speed of the trains passing by from 80 km/h to 130 km/h. This will make it possible to draw up a timetable that meets the needs of travellers to and from Naarden-Bussum and the surrounding area. In order to achieve these higher speeds, the circumference of the curve between Naarden-Bussum and the Naardermeer lake will have to be widened. This will also allow more trains per day to run along the route.
Necessary adjustments to the station and platforms
Reducing the number of tracks from five to two will result in different traffic flows and more intensive use of the station and platforms. This will require some adjustments to the facilities. Walking routes will be re-routed and more modern facilities will be provided at the station. The project involves close cooperation between the partners ProRail, the City of Gooische Meren and NS Stations.
The renovation project for station Rotterdam Alexander is a unique collaborative effort by RET, NS Stations, NS Reizigers, ProRail, the City of Rotterdam and Metropolitan Region Rotterdam-The Hague to make optimal use of a modern, multimodal public transport junction and to transform it into one that focuses on the needs of the traveller.
Better transfer facilities between train and metro
In the station, the facilities to transfer between trains and the metro will be optimised. Extending the metro platforms into the station building, and by allowing the metros to stop directly inside the station will significantly reduce walking distances, both to the trains and to other connections such as buses, P+R, K+R and bicycle storage facilities. Travellers waiting at the metro platforms will also be more comfortable, due to protection from rain and wind. A separate bypass will be realised between the train platform to Rotterdam CS, which will dramatically shorten the time needed to transfer. It will also be safer for travellers, as they will no longer need to cross the metro line. These measures will make it much more convenient for travellers transferring at Rotterdam Alexander, and will make the public transport junction a worthy alternative for commuters looking to avoid traffic jams.
Renovated station hall
The planned renovations to the station hall will make no differentiation between metro and train facilities. The station hall is the place where travellers prepare for their journey, or transfer to the next leg. Traveller flows will be bundled to improve security. The addition of shops to the station will increase surveillance during the evening hours as well. The transparent facade with a lively plint will also make it easier to see and be seen at the station. The lifts will also be moved and made transparent, with a better line of sight from the platforms. Plus, the platforms will be expanded to better facilitate future flows of travellers and transfers to other trains.