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Threatened ‘Jerusalem Express’ in pictures

5 August 2007 - According to the municipality’s public transport policy paper presented in June, tramline 25 can be decommissioned without any problems. Tram enthusiasts Jos Wiersema and Cor Fijma have created a webpage devoted to the history of this line.

Line 25, now connecting Amsterdam South to the Central Station, was launched in 1930. Before the war it was known as the Jerusalem Express, because it was used by the Jewish residents of the Rivierenbuurt.

In 1969, there was a plan to abolish all tramlines that make a turn at intersections, which would have meant the end of line 25. However, the plan was not implemented. In 2006, the line was extended to the Passenger Terminal at the Piet Heinkade.

The municipality claims that the line could easily be discontinued if there were no formal requirement to use the southern Rijnstraat tracks. Other lines such as tramline 4 and the future North/South metro line would provide good alternatives.

Neighbourhood residents as well as the district disagree and call on the municipality not to discontinue line 25. The city council will discuss the public transport policy paper on 12 September.

History and pictures of line 25. News on line 25 (both in Dutch). Public transport map of Amsterdam. Illustration: Victorieplein, 1962. Photo Cor Fijma


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