IJmeerconnection – Metro connection between Amsterdam and Almere

Posad did extensive research and design on the possibilities of realizing a public transport connection between Amsterdam and Almere, across the IJlake. The consortium of Posad, Jacobs engineering and APPM worked out a regional metro line; constructions, carriage choice, timetable etc, but also studied how the city of Almere could grow and develop in the future.

Nodal development: Densifying transport nodes is necessary, in order to develop the urban area and provide sufficient numbers of passengers to make use of the provided public transport.
Respecting the context: The historical, landscape, urban and ecological context is of the utmost importance in the project.
Method: Ground usage, traffic and capacity calculations deliver results which have no bearing on the qualitative value of the urban interventions and the feasibility of projected densities.

In Diemen Posad proposed to relocated the existing station eastwards, where it forms a new cross station. In IJburg living conditions for residents have been highly improved. In the IJmeer, a family of bridges rests on three new islands. The islands reduce the project costs and are an actual improvement in the ecological climate of the lake. The ‘IJland’ near Almere Pampus forms an integral part of the rail as it is well connected with a fast bus line. Pampus Peninsula lies on dyke height and has a metro stop, a densified station node and room for 6.500 houses and 2.000 jobs. The interior of Pampus becomes a green zone which provides space for the development of regional programme.

Public transport and urban development are interdependent and have the potential to strengthen each other and improve the quality of urban programme.

Location: Amsterdam, Almere, Diemen
Client: Operating company Amsterdam Almere
Collaborators: Posad Spatial Strategies, Jacobs Engineering (UK), APPM Management Consultants
Year: 2010 – 2011