Amsterdam Zuid Translation: Amsterdam South, is a railway station situated in the Zuidas ("south axis") area of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, formerly known as Amsterdam Zuid WTC. In 2006, the station dropped the WTC, in reference to the World Trade Center Amsterdam, from its name.
Amsterdam Zuid lies on the strategic rail route known as the Zuidtak ("south branch"), which was completed in 1993, and connects Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in the west to Weesp, in the east via Duivendrecht. Since 2006, Utrecht and other cities south of Amsterdam have been served. In that year, the Utrechtboog was completed, so that changes at Duivendrecht are no longer necessary for passengers from Schiphol to Utrecht and beyond. These routes from Schiphol therefore bypass the congested lines serving Central Amsterdam, allowing faster connections between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and cities in the north and east of the country (Leeuwarden and Enschede, among others).
The station, which was extended in 2006, plays an increasingly important role, gradually replacing Amsterdam Centraal as the capital's main station for direct trains to several destinations in the north and east of the country. It is anticipated that in the future Amsterdam Zuid will be served by a number of the trains using the HSL-Zuid. Amsterdam Zuid is currently served by two lines of the Amsterdam Metro and the Tram line 5, as well as by buses, and will be the southern terminus of the new North/South metro line currently under construction.