The renovation is intended to transform the station into a multi-modal transport hub which better meets the needs of the 37,000 passengers who pass through it each day by improving comfort and passenger flow.

The opening was attended by officials from Rotterdam City Council and Rotterdam-The Hague Metropolitan Region, Rotterdam Electric Tram (RET), Rotterdam Traffic Company (VKSN), Netherlands Railways (NS) and ProRail.

Mainline platforms have been extended, and the station’s metro platforms have now been moved inside, reducing walking times between train and metro and significantly improving passengers’ protection from weather. Walking times between trains and buses, taxis and park-and-ride have also been reduced.

The renovation includes a new footbridge over the tracks, which is expected to significantly improve safety and convenience for passengers compared with the existing pedestrian level crossing.

Additionally, the work adds new arrival and departure facilities, a new information desk, and glass-sided lifts, as well as new commercial units and improvements to the station’s security systems.

Following the opening of the renovated station, a new 1000-space bicycle shed for the station is also planned.