The M55 consortium, led by Mott MacDonald and including Baca Architects, has submitted a feasibility study for the project on behalf of Almere - Amsterdam Operating Company (WCC). The 20km link includes a 9km tunnel under IJburg and IJmeer and five new stations, two underground and three above ground, with the potential for additional stations to be opened along the route which would provide a fast and efficient connection between the major developments planned in IJburg phase 2 and Almere Pampus. One of the planned underground stations situated in IJburg phase 2 is set within a canal and will offer facilities to allow boats to moor alongside to create a sail-and-ride station.
The study calls for spoil excavated from tunnel construction to be used to create a new island north of Pampus and a series of sand dunes and shallows on the coast of Pampus for recreation and wildlife. Around 3000 homes would be constructed on the island which, as a car-free environment, could be served by a rapid transit system to provide a fast and efficient connection to Pampus.
"The project is attracting intense public and political interest and out proposal is extremely strong on crucial issues such as environmental impact, ease of use and integration into the urban landscape," says Mr Martijn Donders, Mott MacDonald project manager. "Our solution also provides for phased implementation."