As a key part of the Trans-European Rail Network, the Dutch Government wanted to build a high-speed rail connecting Amsterdam to the Belgium border. The project required an innovative financing approach to fund the project as well as coordination with state agencies, local municipalities, and commercial power suppliers during construction of the 62-mile rail line.
The infrastructure project consisted of rail construction through four tunnels, across an aqueduct, and along a 1.9-mile bridge, with connections at five major interchanges. Infrastructure construction included the track system, power supply system, noise barriers, signalizing system, communication systems, and ancillary equipment such as lighting and control systems. Simultaneous to the construction of the HSL, civil works projects were constructed by other contractors, requiring multi-contractor coordination to maintain the work schedule.