Open and around the IJ it will be busier. Now there is a renewed proposal for 2 bridges over the water. Plus a pedestrian tunnel. It’s time to have a say: what do you think?
In the past century, there have been more plans to literally bridge the IJ. more often. Because it is busy there on and around the water: about 70,000 people now cross the IJ every day by ferry. This is actually the only option for cyclists and pedestrians. In the meantime, about 160,000 ships also sail through the IJ every year. It only gets busier as the years go by. That is why there is now a renewed proposal from the Municipal Executive.
Jump over the IJ
The proposal is to build 2 bridges over the IJ: on the west side of the city (between the Houthavens and NDSM) and on the east side (between Azartplein and Johan van Hasseltweg). These bridges must in any case be accessible to cyclists, and preferably public transport. The proposal also includes a separate pedestrian tunnel between Central Station and the Tolhuistuin in Noord.
Earlier, another proposal was made. Part of this was a bicycle bridge between the head of Java Island and the Hamerkwartier. The city council has expressed its preference in 2017, but the government ruled that a bridge at that location would design the safe passage of ships. Subsequently, an independent Commission led by Professor Alexanderd’Hooghe investigated how and where the banks of the IJ can actually be connected in a way that is safe for shipping and good for the city. The committee issued its final recommendation in June. The proposal is based on this advice.
What do you think?
The central government, the commission of parties, believes that the current proposal is a good basis for the follow-up process. Now the question is: what do Amsterdammers think? As a resident of an interested party, you can let us know from 20 September to 31 October 2021. On amsterdam.nl/sprongoverhetij you will find all information, including about the various information meetings. After the consultation period, the city council still has to approve the plans.