Flag%20amsterdam.gif (6798 bytes) The historic centre of Amsterdam is under threat!
Amsterdam citizens and visitors are put at risk!

The city of Amsterdam has been preparing to build a new metro (subway) line which would deface the historic centre of Amsterdam. Further, the metro line as planned has been deemed unsafe by the city's own fire service.
FLASH 10-OCT: City has voted in favour of building the line. See News.                 Informatie in het Nederlands

Unsafe The city's own fire service has determined that most stations' design do not allow sufficient escape routes in case of fire or worse, terrorist attack. The fire service staff which raised the alarms were told to shut up or be fired. Read more...

Destructive The city plans to use a new experimental underground drilling technique which it claims will leave surrounding buildings unaffected. This new technique has been used elsewhere and had caused buildings and tunnels to collapse. Read more...

Undemocratic In 1997 a city-wide referendum was held. Although 2/3 of voters who cast their ballot were against the building of the new metro line, an arbitrarily set threshold of number of votes was not met, and the referendum was deemed void. If such a threshold was set for national or European election, no election would be successful. Read more...

Expensive At the time of the referendum, the total bill for the metro line was presented to voters as being 1,85 billion guilders (763 million USD, 839 million Euro's). Since then, without any building having started, the cost has already risen to 3,1 billion guilders (1,2 billion USD, 1,31 billion Euros) - a 67% rise. Read more...

Unnecessary The proposed metro line runs parallel to the existing metro line, only a few hundred meters away. The city plans to scrap or modify a number of existing tram lines, actually lengthening the journey time for most passengers. Further, the extent of those cuts has increased since the plan was proposed to the population in a referendum. Read more...

Take action! The action page is now closed, as it focused on the vote taking place on the 9th of october. Watch this space as new actions may appear in the future. You can still stay informed on the developments by signing up to our newsletter.