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Station area development

By developing station areas we are stimulating the use of public transport and reducing pressure on other infrastructure. The focus in station area development is on urban functions such as living, working, recreation and education. By making its land available, NS is contributing to the major sustainability and housing construction challenges facing the Netherlands. Some current projects:

  • The Cartesius Triangle in Utrecht is being redeveloped into an urban district with 2,800 homes and space for recreation and nature.

  • A project for the Tweede Daalsedijk district in Utrecht includes the construction of 1,000 homes.

  • The EKP-Noord site in the railway zone of Den Bosch will be transformed into a dynamic and creative district combining residential, work and educational functions, including an art academy and more than 800 homes. This is a collaborative project of the municipality, PostNL, NS Stations and property developer SDK.

  • For Zwolle Spoorzone, NS is developing a 12-hectare site into a new station area with 80,000 m² for houses and 100,000 m² for offices, education, culture and cafés/restaurants.

  • Nieuwe Kern, a district between Duivendrecht station, the Johan Cruijff Arena, the A2 motorway and Amstel Business Park, is being redeveloped into an area accommodating 5,000 homes, 250,000 m² of businesses, cafés/restaurants and offices, and a city park comparable in size to Amsterdam's Vondelpark.

  • In 2021, in partnership with local residents, NS developed a plan for a 50,000-70,000 m² mixed urban programme for land to the east of Laan van NOI in The Hague.

Building over the tracks

Building over and alongside the tracks near the station helps cities grow while remaining accessible. In response to growing interest, NS and ProRail are now mapping out all initiatives for building projects of this nature. In addition, we are participating in various different studies, for example into the area around Utrecht CS that was completed in 2021. The responsible alderman concluded that building over the tracks is too complicated and also too expensive in Utrecht. The studies for The Hague and Amsterdam Sloterdijk are still in progress.

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