Amsterdam Central Station damaged by subway works

Cracks appear in Amsterdam station building due to subway excavation.

Structural damage to the façade of the Amsterdam Central Station is the result of excavation works relating to the ongoing Noord-Zuid (north-south) metro line under the building, according to railway authorities.

Some of the cracks date back several years but the repair work, estimated at several hundred thousand euro, had been postponed until after the recently-completed excavation works under Centraal Station.

Plans for the building's restoration are currently in place and works should be finished in 2018.

The €3.1 billion subway line runs from Zuid, a station which opened in the city's southern Zuid district in 1978, to the new Noord overground station currently under construction in the northern Buikslotermeer neighbourhood.

The Noord-Zuid line is expected to become operational in 2017.