Is it Mars? No, it’s Zutphen!

In April work will start on the Marstunnel in Zutphen, a collaborative project of ProRail and Rail Infra Solutions. During my years at Royal HaskoningDHV I have been involved in the design of the tunnel, for which I made, among other things, these artist impressions.

The Marstunnel has nothing to do with our red planetary neighbor. The name refers to an area called De Mars which will be connected to the city center by the tunnel. However, it must be said that there’s a 38 kilometre wide crater on Mars called Zutphen.

Brick and artwork

It’s great news that the work really begins. I am very curious how the future users of the tunnel will experience the brick walls, designed to make the underpass into a integral part of the city. And I am also very curious about the artwork by Herman Kuijer which will be integrated in the tunnel. We’ll have to wait fo another one and a half year, in October next year the project should be finished.

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UPDATE: Marstunnel Zutphen: a Colorful Underpass

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