Plus a ‘nostalgic’ anti-nuclear energy demo at Dam square.
At a speed of 15 meters a day it has already passed two state monuments — the former stock market and the Bijenkorf warehouse. The historic buildings incurred no damage.
Shopkeepers in the buildings blame the construction work, while the metro project bureau simply says those buildings already had ‘bad foundations.’
Drilling for the North-South extension of the Amsterdam metro system is scheduled to start on March 11, but now warehouse De Bijenkorf has demanded the city first performs more research into the risks involved.
Persistent problems during the construction of underground stations for the metro line have already caused damage to several historical buildings.
The committee also urges the council to debate the risks associated with the planned drilling of a metro tunnel underneath the historic city center.
The independent Veerman committee, headed by former agriculture minister Cees Veerman, was set up to advise the city on the future of the new metro line — in light of constant budget overruns, revelations regarding deliberate lowball estimates during the bidding process, and damage to historic buildings.
It is unclear whether constuction on the new North-South line of the Amsterdam metro will ever be completed.
After yet another financial setback work on the project has virtually halted — and today Tjeerd Herrema, Alderman for Traffic, Transport and Infrastructure, today resigned from his position.