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'Sail and ride' station beneath a canal considered in Netherlands

A consortium including Mott MacDonald and Baca Architects has submitted a feasibility study for a 20km railway connection that would lie underneath the IJmeer Lake in the Netherlands.

The study assessed the viability of the railway connection between Amsterdam-South and Almere-South Centre, which would include a 9km tunnel under IJburg and IJmeer. The consortium submitted the study on behalf of rail operating company Werkmaatschappij Almere-Amsterdam (WAA).

One of the planned underground stations is set within a new canal and would provide facilities for boats to moor alongside, to create the world’s first “sail and ride” station.

Material excavated from the tunnel would then be used in a land reclamation project to create a new island north of Pampus — an artificial island and fort located in the IJ Bay near Amsterdam — and a series of sand dunes and shallows on the coast of Pampus for recreation and wildlife.

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