The bus station is a part of the so-called 'Neckerspoel Plan' in Eindhoven. The plan involved the complete renovation of the square at the north side of the station. At the station square, there are some 3000 bus movements a day, both from local buses and regional buses.
It is the first station in The Netherlands where passenger information is mostly provided via computers. For this purpose, there are several sensors in the pavement of the bus route, so that the position of the bus is automatically passed on. There is a central waiting room for passengers in the new station building.
By means of displays, they are informed about which bus departs from which bus stop, at what time, whether there are any delays, et cetera. Passengers can stay inside for as long as possible, should they wish to do so. A great advantage of the system is that relatively few bus stops are required, since every bus (line) can use every bus stop. The main construction is formed by a system of steel cables, nearly 80 metres long, which is spanned between two masts.
The large information displays are suspended from these steel cables.
The two masts are also used for the overall lighting of the square. Originally, separate masts had been planned for this purpose.
Underneath the main span there are 13 shelters in various lengths. These shelters are entirely constructed out of tempered glass and high-grade protected steel.
The construction of the shelters co-operates (in a rather complex manner) with the construction of the large span. Together, they provide the stability of the unit.
The architects ZJA received the National Steel Award for the design of the bus station. The design was also nominated for the 1993 Architecture Award of the city of Eindhoven.
Foto's: ZJA en Ton Langenberg