#MOTM: Accessibility on the west side of Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Region (AMR) is becoming more and more congested. Increases in both population and employment are at risk of stagnating if the mobility network reaches its expected maximum capacity in 2030. The solution is to reduce the pressure on the network, and the task mainly relies on the expansion of regional public transport throughout region.

Sustainable investments

Given this, the region is interested in investing in an extension of the North-South line to Schiphol and Hoofddorp and closing the Ring line between Amsterdam Centraal and Isolatorweg. As a result, these projects will improve the accessibility on the west side of Amsterdam, making it possible to build 90,000 new homes and 70,000 extra jobs in these transitioning areas. Moreover, it makes an important contribution to a sustainable and attractive AMR.


Cross-border benefits

Yet, the benefits that these projects yield are not limited to the region. After the expansion, the metro network will connect the key economic centres of the nation, such as Schiphol, Hoofddorp and the Zuidas, benefitting the capacity of economic growth in the Netherlands. Additionally, the new availability on the tracks provides supplementary train connections to other national and international destinations. These new rail connections offer a sustainable alternative to short-haul flights to minimize the carbon impact on a regional, national, and international level.


Maps as validation

The project team has developed maps for the municipality of Amsterdam, incorporating information on the impending bottlenecks and the positive results from this development. The maps have been combined into a booklet intended to increase the support among citizens and interested parties. We would like to highlight this map of the expansion of the public transport network as our #mapofthemonth of January.