Dutch rail to build houses above the rails
The Dutch public railway company, NS, wants to build thousands of houses and office buildings above the rails in Utrecht, The Hague, and Amsterdam. With the money of the projects, the company is planning to renovate today’s stations and the station surroundings. Earlier, the Dutch rail manager, ProRail, unveiled ambitious investment plans for state-of-the-artstations of the future.
Agreement of intention
Today, the city of Utrecht, rail manager, ProRail, and NS are signing an agreement of intention for such a construction project in Utrecht. According to the Dutch rail, the available surface totals 91.000 square meters of potential building land or as much as fifteen to eighteen football fields.
Also, the Amsterdam Sloterdijk area needs renovation. The station is outdated. And with the construction plans of 40.000 to 70.000 houses in the new dock area of Amsterdam, the number of train travelers is expected to rise in the coming years. NS says it’s a unique construction that is also bringing in money.
Common sight in Europe
“Building above the rails will result in a beautiful city area, and part of the profit can be used to renew the station,” explains spokesman Erik Kroeze. “Besides, we don’t need extra transport connections, and, at the same time, we solve a mobility problem.”
Building above the rails is expensive, and therefore not profitable, but with the continually rising prices of real estate, the situation has changed. As a matter of fact, in many other European cities, living above the rails has become a common sight.