Exciting changes are on the horizon for the Groningen Central Station as it undergoes a transformative renovation, which aims to enhance connectivity, accessibility, and sustainability. According to the Groninger Internet Courant, the revamped station will boast a modern infrastructure that integrates underground passages, additional tracks and platforms, creating a seamless transportation hub for commuters and travelers alike.
The public transport company Arriva will be allocated three tracks and platforms, while NS Intercity and Sprinter trains will have two each, accommodating increased capacity and improved service efficiency. However, the most remarkable transformation lies beneath the surface.
All platforms will be accessible through a newly constructed public passenger tunnel, breathing new life into the historic station hall. Once again, it will serve as the vibrant heart of the station, connecting passengers to a brand-new station square on the south side of the station area in the Rivierenbuurt. This underground network aims to facilitate convenient and effortless transfers for all passengers.
In addition to the passenger tunnel, the renovation plans include a dedicated bicycle tunnel complete with a spacious underground bicycle parking facility. Cyclists will benefit from secure storage and easy access, promoting sustainable transportation options within the city. This cyclist-friendly feature is set to be ready by May 2025, aligning with the station’s overall completion timeline.
Furthermore, a bus tunnel is also in the works as part of the station’s redesign. The current bus station, located on Stationsweg, will eventually be relocated to the south side of the station. Buses will be stationed alongside the train platform, simplifying transfers between different modes of transport. Pedestrians utilizing the passenger tunnel will have direct access to the bus platform, fostering seamless interconnectivity.
Looking ahead, the municipality of Groningen aims to create an inviting green entrance to the city center from the station’s front. This initiative seeks to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the surrounding area while promoting sustainability and a seamless urban experience for residents and visitors alike.
The bus station’s relocation is projected to be completed by 2026, with ProRail, the Dutch railway infrastructure manager, overseeing the entire project’s finalization in the summer of that year. These extensive renovations are expected to provide a comprehensive transportation solution, catering to the diverse needs of the growing community.
From May 17 to July 7, 2025, there will be no trains operating at the station. The upcoming shutdown of rail services is a result of the need to conduct upgrade projects. The planned works require a train-free environment to ensure the safety of the construction personnel and allow for efficient completion of the improvements. Commuters and travelers are advised to plan alternative transportation arrangements during this period.