On 1 November, Delft’s new 2.3 km long railway tunnel – ‘Spoorzone Delft’– was tested for the first time when a test train precisely ran through it. This happened ahead of its planned opening for passenger services (spring 2015). The tunnel and the new Delft Central Station, with 340 m long platforms, will open next year replacing the current railway viaduct which has been acting as a barrier in central Delft. 1,000 homes will be built, noise levels will be reduced and 30 ha of land for property developments are being released with this project.
At first there will be two tracks running through the tunnel but there are plans for another pair. This would make possible a capacity increase, contributing thus to the national network.
The CrommeLijn consortium consisting of CFE, Dura Vermeer and Mobilis started the construction back in 2008.
BAM Utiliteitsbouw constructed the station and Strukton Rail installed electrification, signalling and tracks.
The total cost of the project is €1bn, of which €330m has been contributed by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.
More information: Test train runs through Delft tunnel