The Betuweroute handles the rail transport of containers to and from the Rotterdam port area, which in the future will include Maasvlakte 2. The end of October 2012 is a crucial deadline. At that point, the Maasvlakte 2 railway connection has to be operational. This is a condition for taking the existing rail connection near the Yangtzehaven out of service and starting operations on the line that traverses Maasvlakte 2. The success of this project therefore depends on a timely and tight planning.
Rail construction needs to be planned two years in advance. It is usually more complicated than road construction. For example, the contractors need to apply for a train-free period to allow them to perform the necessary work on the rail track. And companies located on Maasvlakte need to prepare themselves for changes to the timetable - by allowing extra trains to run around the activities, for instance. As a result, in this project, the procedures surrounding the construction work are even more challenging than the work itself.