The Amstelveen line is an important link in the regional public transport chain in and around Amsterdam. Users of public transport need to be able to rely on it, to know that it runs frequently, and takes them from A to B quickly, safely and comfortably. There is room for improvement on all of those points, and that is why the Amstelveen line is being updated.
The City of Amsterdam is the principal for the Amstelveen line project. The City of Amsterdam asked the municipal authority to carry out this project because of the experience the municipality has with large, complex projects.
AT Osborne made a good contribution to the Amstelveen line, with different kinds of expertise coming together in this project. Four of our colleagues were involved in the project management, environmental management and tendering for the Amstelveen line. Together, over the last two years that we were involved, we obtained the implementation decision in good time, built up a good level of collaboration with the many internal and external parties involved, and launched the tendering process.
The challenge of rebuilding the Amstelveen line lies, as is often the case for large projects, not in laying and replacing the rails, but in the fact that it has to take place in a busy environment. Many people use this line and the area directly around it often, and the reconstruction must meet the users’ wishes and requirements, be done in good time and make sure that is is safe for everyone from builders to passers-by.
And the world will not simply stop to let the work take place. The rebuilding must occur in an area where many projects interact, where many different parties have major interests at stake and where parties are taking on a new role. The context requires flexibility, clarity and predictability in order to keep managers, principals and future managers on board, and to make sure the project runs on schedule.
The future contractor for the Amstelveen line will also be dealing with these aspects, so we are also looking for a party that can handle of this, with whom the project team can work well, and who can contribute ideas and is also predictable and strong-minded.