Project Rijswijk-Rotterdam awarded to Strukton
Within the Rijswijk-Rotterdam High-Frequency Track Programme, ProRail has awarded the Rijskwijk - Rotterdam DS1 Track and Civil Engineering Works to Strukton. The focus of Strukton's proposal is on limiting inconvenience to the surroundings and creating time and space for flawless system integration. Through smart phasing and implementation, inconvenience to travellers at Delft Zuid station has been reduced from two years to six months. Outside work will commence in November 2019. The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2024.
Eight Intercity trains and six Sprinters an hour will run in each direction between The Hague Central Station and Rotterdam Central Station. There will also be more track capacity for freight traffic on this route. To be able to achieve this, the tracks between Rijswijk and Delft South will be doubled from two to four tracks. The signals between Delft Zuid and Rotterdam will also be improved.
Changes in and around Rijswijk
In Rijswijk, an underpass will be constructed to replace the ’t Haantje level crossing. The new underpass will be located 250 metres to the north of the current level crossing and will be integrated into the municipality of Rijswijk's local development. A railway access point for emergency services and railway contractors will be constructed at the site of the current level crossing.
The railway bridge over the Kerstanjewetering waterway at the border of Rijswijk and Delft will make way for a bridge able to accommodate four tracks. The new bridge will have a clearance of 1.80 m, which will allow pleasure craft to easily pass under it.
Changes in and around Delft
To enable the doubling of the tracks between Rijswijk and Delft Zuid, the western tube of the railway tunnel in the new Delft station will be opened up. This tube – a copy of the tube that has been in use since 2015 – was delivered as a shell in August 2017.
An underpass for cyclists and pedestrians with access to the platforms will be constructed at Delft South station. The current side platforms will be replaced by two island platforms and lifts will be installed to improve accessibility.
Noise screens will be installed in Delft and the railway yard on DSM's industrial premises will be connected to the new tracks. Several new switches will be installed between Schiedam Centre and Rotterdam Central Station. Platform 6 at Rotterdam Central Station will be extended to accommodate the required timetable.
High-Frequency Rail Transport Programme
The High-Frequency Rail Transport Programme is an initiative of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Works and Water Management (IenW). ProRail is executing the plans in cooperation with the Dutch National Railways (NS) and KNV Spoorgoederenvervoer (Royal Netherlands Transport – Railway Freight Transport). ProRail is working on expanding the tracks between Rijswijk and Rotterdam under contract to IenW, the municipality of Delft and the municipality of Rijswijk.