North-South Line Crossing IJ-river

Project description

The North-South Metro Line crosses the IJ-river by means of an immersed tunnel. The immersed part has a length of approx. 425m and consists of three elements of 142 m. The two track metro tunnel is 11.25m wide and 7.55m high. The northern most element is partly located in the IJ embankment and subjected to a high ground load. At the south end the immersed tunnel has to deal with very poor soil conditions.

The tunnel elements were constructed in the building pit of the northern approach. After completion the building pit was flooded, the tunnel elements were floated up and transported to the Suez Harbor in the western Amsterdam Port. The elements were moored for 4 years to wait for the completion of the northern approach and the metro station Central at the south end. The tunnel elements were immersed in autumn 2012.

Scope of work

The consultancy services included:

  • Feasibility study in which the immersed tunnel was compared against the bored tunnel
  • Pre-design, final design, tender design and detailed design
  • Tender documentation and consultation
  • Contract management and supervision.
Specification sheet 2 page(s) - 250 kB


Municipality of Amsterdam

In co-operation with

Not applicable

Type of project

Immersed Tunnels


The Netherlands



Project duration


Project phase

All project phases

Construction cost

€ 120.000.000,= (excl. VAT)

Consultancy fee

more than € 200.000.000,- (excl. VAT) for the entire North South Line project