The High Speed Link (HSL) will
connect Brussels with Amsterdam. It passes a bit
to the west of Rotterdam. A few months ago it was
freely accesible, but fences and "no
access" signs have appeared recently.
Construction has progressed nicely. In theory
it would be possible to follow this viaduct,
cross the highway and jump off in the Rotterdam
On the other side it looks as if they've
finally finished the tunnel that connects this
viaduct to the underground.
The door is open and exploration could be
But a guard is busy inside the area. I'll
look around for another entry.
Fortunately I'm on my bicycle.
You're much more mobile compared to being on foot
or in a car. I ride around the building site and
try to find an easier entry.
I find this odd 50's building,
partially made of wood. It looks like a piece of
well-known architecture, but at the backside
there's a huge hole in the wall. But the building
is still in use.
A bit later I find a deserted park. The HSL
cuts right through it and this part is deserted
and overgrown. Rabbits scamper away as I
The trees are dead. Most likely the change of
the ground-water level killed them off. It
enhances the already spooky atmosphere.
This could be an entrance to the terrain, but
it doesn't lead into the tunnel.
A weird garden place. It looks
I've circled 180 degrees of the site. On the
other side the fence is also open.
But it connects directly to the place I
started from. There's the guard's car again.
After some ramblings I return to my starting
point. I find an entry that might be useful. But
a group of people is barbecueing in the garden
opposite the site. They look like order-loving
citizens who wouldn't me roaming around the site.
In the mean time the guard has
left and the gates are locked.In the tunnel some
inviting lights are shining. But I won't be going
in today - in fact - I've not been able to
penetrate this part of the HSL since.
But the evening is not without
it's rewards. I've had a nice bike ramble, I saw
some new parts of Rotterdam and I've seen some