More damage caused by North-South metro line

16th December 2008, Comments 0 comments

A café opposite the central station saw cracks appear to its walls and floor as construction workers drove metal piles in the ground.

AMSTERDAM – Amsterdam's North-South metro line project has suffered a new setback as cracks appeared in the walls and floor of a café opposite the central station.

Cracks appeared in the walls and floor of the Noord-Zuid-Hollandse café as construction workers drove metal piles into the ground. The café first opened its doors in 1911.

Work was halted for a while, but later resumed at a slower pace to avoid more construction problems.

The damage to the café is not extensive, but adds to the ongoing series of delays, subsidences, leaks and spiralling budgets that have dogged the project since 2003.

Earlier this year, a number of buildings on the Vijzelgracht sank as leaks in the walls of the underground tunnels weakened their foundations, bringing construction work to a halt for the coming months.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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