Zwolle aims to take advantage of its excellent location as a junction between the Randstad and the north of the country. Zwolle station has an important part to play in realising that ambition,as the main railway junction from the northeastern region, with rail lines running in 8 directions. Combined with the 24 bus stops at the bus station, Zwolle station is the hub of the regional public transport network.
In drawing up the city's vision for the future, the municipal government has expressed its ambition to combine the historic city centre, the station area, and Hanzeland into a single new centre for the city. The location of the station area presents opportunities for the development of several functions in the area, with a mix of culture, education, housing, and working.
ProRail, NS, the Province of Overijssel and the City of Zwolle are working on a wide range of projects and plans to make this area ready for the future.
Engineering works around the railway
The area around Zwolle station will become a lively and attractive area that serves as a logical connection to the city centre. Approximately 52,000 passengers board, embark or transfer at Zwolle station every day, and that number is expected to rise to 60,000 by 2021. This increase demands major adjustments to the station. With the realisation of a new passenger tunnel and a fourth platform, the station will be prepared to serve even more passengers. In 2021, 60,000 passengers are expected to come through Zwolle station every day, and in order to allow all of these passengers to travel comfortably, even more changes will be required.
One new bus platform will be constructed on the south side of the station for all city and regional buses. This platform, just like the train platforms, is accessible from the new tunnel. This will make transfers from bus to train, and vice versa, much easier. Buses from the north and west can quickly reach the platform via a new bus bridge over the tracks.
New bicycle storage areas are also being constructed. The Hanzelaan and the Oosterlaan will have additional racks, and from 2020 a new underground storage area will be available under the station square. A new station plaza and two new, easily recognisable entrances are being built, and an attractive station square will also be realised on the south side of the station to serve as a junction for bus, train, bicycle, car, and pedestrian transport.
In the coming years, the Municipality of Zwolle will be working with ProRail, NS and the Province of Overijssel on the further improvement of the station towards being a functional public transport hub, where passengers and residents feel at home.