With a sunny kick-off, client Province of Utrecht and contractor Strukton started the expansion of the rail at the tram depot in Nieuwegein today.

Since signing the contract on 21 December, Strukton and the province have been hard at work on the preparations. Characteristic for the preparations was the good cooperation between client and contractor. Both parties expect to be able to continue their partnership during the implementation phase.

Continuous operations
Strukton is responsible for new infrastructure and overhauling the current rail infrastructure at the depot itself. Besides the work on the track, Strukton will also be responsible for laying cables and pipelines, the loading and unloading siding and the design of the new workshop. During the work, the depot will continue to operate. Strukton organises the work in such a way that operations at the depot can continue unhindered. The culmination of the work will take place during a one-off four-day shutdown of the depot site between 20 and 24 July inclusive. The trams will also continue to operate as usual during this period. Passengers will not experience any inconvenience.

Uithof line 
As a result of the expansion, trams operating on the future Uithof line in 2018 will have a completely modernised home base. Even during the expansion of the rail, the depot capacity will be expanded. The aim is to achieve the extra capacity by the end of September. The expanded depot will be able to accommodate 37 trams which are due to be delivered from Spain by CAF in the coming years. To be able to accommodate these trams in time for the future Uithof line, the aim is to complete the entire depot site by autumn 2017.

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