The city of Amsterdam, which grew out of a small fishing village in the twelfth century, is a one of the major financial, cultural and creative centre of the country today; characterized by a historic city centre that has been preserved intact over the centuries, it is famous for its enchanting canals. The Amsterdam Centraal Station is the most important on the 9 train stations serving the city. It currently has tracks and handles 250.000/300.000 people coming in on 1.500 trains every day. The strong economic growth and significant urban expansion that Amsterdam has enjoyed in recent decades has greatly reduced the capacity of the railway infrastructure and increased the problems related to traffic congestion. The new demands stemming from development, along with the need to restore some parts of the historic railway station building, have led to the elaboration of a regeneration project known as “Stationseiland” – the purpose of which is to give the city a double “entrance gateway”, by land and by water, in response to the new volumes of traffic to be expected with the introduction of the High-Speed Railway, the construction of the new Noord-Zuidlijn subway line, and the need to increase connections with the rest of Europe and at the same time to reinforce the connecting role between the various transport systems of a single hub.
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