Between the 16th and 28th of October, various sections of the railroad tracks between Groningen and Leeuwarden will be under construction, which will mean delays and detours for travellers in the region.
Translation by Traci White
The rail works are part of ambitious construction plans in recent months to accommodate a higher volume of longer and faster trains between the two largest cities in the north. Platforms are being extended and several rail tunnels are being built along the route.
Rail works will be carried out in the weekend of 15 and 16 September in preparation for the autumn break projects. The Leeuwarder Courant reports that the vicinity of the Leeuwarden central station will be one of the main focuses in October. Richard Reitsma, a representative for the province of Friesland, told the newspaper that the Schrans rail crossing near the station and the station itself will be undergoing “extensive” work in that period.
One of the most noticeable hindrances in October will be at the Schrans rail crossing just outside of the Leeuwarden central station: the crossing will be closed to cars for up to 13 days.
The rail crossing near Friesland Campina’s processing facility in Leeuwarden will also be upgraded, and works will be rounded off in Hurdegaryp. A number of other crossings along the route will be tackled, and a sound minimisation wall will be built in Buitenpost in October.
For rail travellers, replacement buses will be running along the route, but the specifics have yet to be shared by NS or Arriva. As the works draw closer, the train service providers will provide more updates. Once the October works are completed, that will signify the end of the most significant upgrades in Leeuwarden, but works on the Groningen portion of the line will continue throughout at least the spring of 2020.