Assen is the fastest-growing city in the north of the country, but that growth also results in increased traffic. So the railway, the number of trains, and Assen station itself will have to grow to accommodate it. Many new improvements for travellers have already been realised, and the completely new station building is scheduled to open in June.
New station building for Assen
The design for Assen station gives the station an urban allure. The large triangular awning is a unique element that connects all of the station's functions. The station has also been made more accessible thanks to the new entrance via a tunnel with a lift and a wide stairway on the east side of the station. Underneath the station, travellers can find a spacious new bicycle storage facility for 2,600 bicycles. The building has a logical layout and features facilities that contribute to a pleasant stay, including a new StationsHuiskamer lounge. The only thing left to do is the installation of a new facade for the station hall , which is expected to take place in the 3rd quarter of 2019.
In addition to the new station building, the partners have also dramatically improved the accessibility of the station. On the one hand, there is a new platform tunnel with a direct connection between the Assen-Oost neighbourhood and the city centre. On the other, separate lanes for through traffic and station access make it easier to get to the station. The construction of the 170-meter Overcingeltunnel creates an attractive layout for the station plaza, making it a noteworthy and contemporary entrance to the city.
The project is a collaborative effort by the City of Assen, ProRail, the Province of Drenthe and NS Stations. The renovation of the station area is an integral part of the FlorijnAs programme.