Groningen ready for more passengers

  • Client ProRail
  • Country The Netherlands
  • Location Groningen
  • Status Delivered
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More and more people are travelling from and via Groningen Main Station. Every day, around 33,000 people get on or off a train in Groningen and it is estimated that the number of passengers will grow to 44,000 by 2030. To prepare Groningen for the future, major works was carried out at and around the station.

Customer's challenge

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Groningen Main Station is one of the most important stations in northern Netherlands. More than 33,000 passengers use this station on a daily basis and this number will grow to 44,000 by 2030. To enable this increase, Strukton worked on improving train connections from and to Groningen. Several other stations did also undergo changes to make connections with other forms of public transport easier, faster and more convenient.

What changes were made?
To facilitate the growing number of passengers, various works was carried out at and around the railway station. 

The tracks between Groningen Main Station and Groningen Europapark Station have undergone rigorous changes. The former trainyard south of the railway station was relocated to a new area called “De Vork”, on the outskirts of the city. This created room for a fourth railway track between the stations, allowing for more trains. In addition, regional trains and NS trains have their own rail network, enabling them to enter and leave the station more easily.
Groningen Europapark Station and Groningen Main Station had undergone changes. Groningen Europapark Station has an extra platform so that trains from Leeuwarden, Delfzijl and Roodeschool can also stop here. In addition, Groningen Main Station had undergone a major transformation. Three tunnels were built beneath the station for passengers, cyclists and buses. These tunnels are accessible 24 hours a day and improve the connection between the Rivierenbuurt district and the city centre. Trees are planted and the historic vault heads are given a more prominent place.

 
What is the result? The laying of new tracks allows more trains to travel from and to Groningen. In addition, the changes to Groningen Main Station provide better public transport connections to the city. The aim of these changes is to ensure that Groningen remains accessible now and in the future so it can facilitate the growing number of passengers.

A successful track construction week in Groningen

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