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You Utrechters are tough cookies! You have had so much to put up with over the last few years. Your lungs must be full of brick dust!

I have been visiting since 2011 and all I ever see is building work and change. Roadworks and Projects. It’s never ending!

Why did they ever disconnect the canal in the first place, but that’s another question for another time.

In Leicester near where I live there is constant building, but this is always of student accommodation. Time, and time again, student accommodation. No big ideas like you have in Utrecht.

I love the Central station, its superb. Biggest railway station in Holland?

The Bus station has been revamped and refurbished and is simple to use with connections everywhere, all linked up with the railway.

The bike park is amazing. Where do all those bikes come from? I can see it’s the biggest bike park in the world. An unusual, but proud boast.

Leidsche Rijn and Vleuten-De Meern is a fabulous project, 30,000 homes for 80,000 people by 2025.

The new station at Vaartse Rijn and the new cafes and restaurants along Oosterkade and Westerkade are architecturally spot on. It’s all been freshened up, with new spaces for night life in attractive new properties.

The new roads and of course the canal. This will be spectacular when finished, but why…

It’s all going to be amazing, but will it ever end?

I overheard a tour guide outside the Stadhuis in 2012, I’m not sure if that had just been rebuilt, but he said to his group, “Yes, that’s Utrecht, always building, never finished…”

If this is so, what do we have to look forward to in 2030? A sparkling new finished city perhaps, but what new developments will there be post 2030. There will always be more houses to be built, new roads to cope with the increase in traffic, more tram lines, a need to update the railways? The city will always need to evolve, and it has always been the case. It will be an exciting time post 2030.

I know we can never be content, that an ever-growing population will always need more, but I hope Utrecht never loses its individuality, its uniqueness in this world. I think it’s a wonderful place. Welcoming and open to all.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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  1. Avatar Bart says:

    Fun fact: cu2030 does not actually mean ‘see you 2030’ but rather ‘see you too 030’, 030 being Utrecht’s region code. Go figure:

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