Rotterdam Centraal prepares for grand opening

Rotterdam’s brand new international rail station, Rotterdam Centraal, is to open on March 13, concluding a seven-year project to improve the Netherlands high-speed connection to the rest of Europe.

The new station is covered by a huge 250-metre-wide roof and will house platforms for national rail services, the city’s metro system and high-speed services from France and Belgium.

Rotterdam is the first stop for many international high-speed services arriving in Holland and with passenger numbers expected to triple between now and 2025, the decision was taken to demolish the old station, designed by architect of Sybold Ravesteyn, and start again.

The opening will provide the opportunity for a double celebration, with 2014 also being the 175th birthday of the Dutch railway network.