Amsterdam RAI railway station


Amsterdam RAI railway station

Infobox NS-station
station = Amsterdam RAI
stationsnaam = Amsterdam RAI


stationscode=Rai
latdeg=52 |latmin=20 |latsec=12 |londeg=4 |lonmin=53 |lonsec=26
positiekaartnaam=Amsterdams metrostation

The railway station Amsterdam RAI is situated in south Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It lies between the two direction's of the A10 Amsterdam ring road. It is also a metro station which GVB operates two routes calling at Station RAI. RAI gets its name from the conference complex which the station is in the vacinity of.

History

The original station opened in 1981 when it was a terminus station, with just one platform and the station had no signals. At RAI station you could walk straight onto GVB tram route 4 to central station without changing platforms.

In 1988 the tram terminus moved to street level below the station. This was due to the building of Amsterdam Metro line 51 next to the railway station. This line began operating in 1990. The roof of the railway station was built in 1997. The new station was built in 1991 and Amsterdam RAI became an island platform station and then in 1993 the line was extended towards Weesp.

The design of the station is by architect Rob Steenhuis.

Trains

Trains serving in 2008 are only stoptrains and sprinter's. There are 6 trains per hour calling at the station with many non-stopping trains.

From station Amsterdam RAI you can travel in the directions

*Weesp–Almere–Lelystad (2x per hour)
*Weesp–Hilversum-Utrecht Centraal (2x per hour)
*Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA–Utrecht Centraal–Rhenen (2x per hour)
*Amsterdam Zuid (6x per hour) – Schiphol (4x per hour) – Leiden Centraal (2x per hour)

During some conferences at the RAI Intercities from Leeuwarden/Groningen - Schiphol and Enschede/Deventer - Schiphol also stop at the station.

"Regular train services:"

Other Transport Services

GVB operates all Amsterdam city services and Metro lines 50 and 51 stop at Amsterdam RAI metro station which run's parralel with the NS railway. The station is also served by tram route 4 which terminates below the station at street level.


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