Unique in the Netherlands: energy-neutral railway station in Delft
11 January 2019
Delft-Zuid station will be the first railway station in the Netherlands to provide all its own energy.
The station is being refurbished and given a solar panel roof. Strukton is responsible for building the roof, including solar cells and the connection to the power grid.
Delft railway station is part of the Rijswijk-Rotterdam project that was awarded to Strukton at the end of last year. Today, State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven (Infrastructure and Water Management), together with the municipality of Delft and rail manager ProRail officially gave the green light for the start of the work at the station.
“The refurbishment and roofing of the station enables us to achieve two goals at once: passengers on the platform will no longer get rained on and the roof, which is actually one big solar panel, will make the station fully energy neutral. Delft Campus will soon be leading the way towards the sustainable future of our country!”
State secretary Van Veldhoven
The refurbishment is part of a larger project to make the station suitable for the track doubling between Rijswijk and Delft. As a result, 14 trains an hour will be able to travel between Rotterdam and The Hague, one of the busiest rail links in our country. Passengers in both directions can take a train every few minutes. This is necessary to be able to handle the huge growth in the number of passengers, mainly in the Randstad.
Lifts will also make the new Delft Campus station accessible to passengers with a disability. Passengers who can’t manage stairs now have to take a different route. The construction of a tunnel for cyclists and pedestrians will also make Delft University of Technology more accessible, a long-cherished wish of students and staff at the university. The sustainable station is due for completion in 2023. The cost of the solar panel roof is 2.4 million euros. The municipality of Delft will contribute 1.8 million euros to this. The rest will be provided by the government.
This message is based on the notification from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management