Joint investment in Dutch infrastructure by extending the north-south metro line to Schiphol

Schiphol calls the joint investment in accessibility of the Netherlands and the Amsterdam metropolitan area announced today by the transport region, the province of Noord-Holland, the municipality of Amsterdam, NS, KLM, ProRail, the municipality of Haarlemmermeer, Schiphol Airport and the state a historic decision. The expansion of the north-south line (Noord/Zuidlijn) will, among other things, create additional space for international train connections to and from Schiphol.

“It is fantastic that the government is making this big investment. With this overall package of measures, we are ensuring that the airport will continue to be accessible for passengers, employees and commuters in the future. The extension of the north-south line (Noord/Zuidlijn) to Schiphol and Hoofddorp will promote sustainable connectivity on a regional, national and international level. Because it will free up space in the Schiphol tunnel; Space that can then be used by both national and international trains. The latter is important so that rail can serve as an alternative to air travel over short distances. In addition, it will strengthen Schiphol as a multimodal hub by bringing together public transport, cars and planes. This is good for the sustainable accessibility of the Netherlands. We are pleased that our joint efforts are contributing to this‘ said Robert Carsouw, Chief Financial Officer of Royal Schiphol Group.

Schiphol has a unique position as a multimodal hub. All means of transport come together at the airport: plane, train, bus, car, bicycle and, in the future, also the metro. The expansion of the north-south line will strengthen this position. Work to extend the existing Metro North/South line towards Schiphol and Hoofddorp is scheduled to start in 2026 and be completed in 2037.

November 14, 2022

KLM’s response to the extension of the north-south line

The alliance parties Amsterdam Transport Region, the municipalities of Amsterdam and Haarlemmermeer, the province of North Holland, the NS railway company, KLM and the Royal Schiphol Group announced today that three major public transport and infrastructure projects will be carried out, including the extension of the North-South Connection metro line to Schiphol and Hoofddorp.

A fast and reliable connection to Schiphol is very important to our customers. With this initiative, the airport will be much easier and more sustainable to reach by public transport. KLM also wants as many international customers as possible to travel short distances by train to Schiphol to transfer to a distant KLM flight. We are already promoting this on the Brussels-Schiphol route. More space in the Schiphol Tunnel means more international trains can stop at the airport. This is an important prerequisite for the successful replacement of aircraft by rail over short distances,” said Maarten Stienen, COO KLM

Amstelveen, November 14, 2022

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