Groningen railway station

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Groningen
Station Groningen.jpg
Groningen railway station in 2007
Location Stationsweg
Groningen, Netherlands
Coordinates 53°12′38″N 6°33′53″E / 53.21056°N 6.56472°E / 53.21056; 6.56472Coordinates: 53°12′38″N 6°33′53″E / 53.21056°N 6.56472°E / 53.21056; 6.56472
Line(s) Harlingen–Nieuweschans railway
Meppel–Groningen railway
Groningen–Delfzijl railway
Other information
Station code Gn
History
Opened 1 June 1866
Services
Preceding station   Nederlandse Spoorwegen   Following station
NS Intercity 500
1x/hour; Combined half-hourly service with Intercity 700/12600 on section Zwolle-Groningen. Transfer to Intercity 12600/12700 to/from Den Haag Centraal/Vlissingen at Zwolle
Terminus
NS Intercity 700
1x/hour; Not on late evenings and early weekend mornings. Combined half-hourly service with Intercity 500 on section Zwolle-Groningen. Transfer to Intercity 12500 to/from Rotterdam Centraal at Zwolle
toward Vlissingen
NS Intercity 12600
1x/hour; Late evenings and early weekend mornings only. Combined half-hourly service with Intercity 500 on section Zwolle-Groningen. Transfer to Intercity 12500 to/from Rotterdam Centraal at Zwolle
toward Zwolle
NS Sprinter 9100
2x/hour, but only 1x/hour on Sunday mornings and early Sunday afternoons
Arriva
Terminus Stoptrein 20100
1x/hour, but only 1x/2 hours at Sundays
toward Leer
toward Leeuwarden
Sneltrein 37300
1x/hour; Not on late evenings
Terminus
toward Leeuwarden
Stoptrein 37400
2x/hour, but only 1x/hour at evenings and Sundays
Terminus Stoptrein 37500
1x/hour, but only 1x/2 hours at Sundays
Stoptrein 37600
2x/hour, but only 1x/hour at evenings and Sundays
toward Roodeschool
Stoptrein 37700
2x/hour, but only 1x/hour at evenings and Sundays
toward Delfzijl
Stoptrein 37800
2x/hour, but only 1x/hour at evenings and Sundays
toward Veendam
Location
Groningen is located in Dutch railway station
Groningen
Groningen
Location within the Dutch railway network

Groningen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɣroːnɪŋən]; abbreviation: Gn) is the main railway station in Groningen in the Netherlands. Locally, the station is also called Hoofdstation (Main Station).

History[edit]

Entrance Hall of the railway station

The station opened on 1 June 1866 and is on the Harlingen–Nieuweschans railway. The first building was a temporary structure outside the former fortifications. In 1870, with the Meppel–Groningen railway, the station was connected with the central Netherlands. In 1884 the Groningen–Delfzijl railway opened, and in 1893 the connection to Roodeschool opened. The station building that still stands today was completed in 1896.

Description[edit]

The railway station is located at the Stationsweg in the city of Groningen in the southwest of the province of Groningen in the northeast of the Netherlands. It is located on the Harlingen–Nieuweschans railway between the railway stations of Zuidhorn and Groningen Europapark, and it is the terminus station of the Meppel–Groningen and Groningen–Delfzijl railways.

The station has nine platforms and behind the station is a stabling point for many trains.

Train services[edit]

From Groningen you can directly travel to places such as: Assen, Zwolle, Amersfoort, Utrecht, Gouda, The Hague, Amsterdam Airport (Schiphol), Hoogeveen, Leeuwarden, Roodeschool, Delfzijl, Winschoten, Nieuweschans and Leer (Germany).

Groningen is now the furthest north that Nederlandse Spoorwegen operates, with all services further north operated by Arriva.

The following services operated by the Nederlandse Spoorwegen call at Groningen:

  • 1x per hour intercity service Rotterdam - Utrecht - Amersfoort - Zwolle - Groningen
  • 1x per hour intercity service The Hague - Schiphol - Almere - Lelystad - Zwolle - Groningen
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) Zwolle - Assen - Groningen

On Saturday and Sunday the early train to The Hague is merged with series 2600 (Lelystad Centrum - Vlissingen) to Vlissingen railway station, not calling at The Hague Central Station, continuing to Hollands Spoor instead, thereafter running further to Delft, Rotterdam, Dordrecht, Roosendaal and Vlissingen. This service also calls at Amsterdam Central station, Amsterdam Sloterdijk and Lelylaan instead of Duivendrecht and Amsterdam Zuid.

The same happens for the late services on all other days, per hour decreasing in length (starts with Rotterdam, then Den Haag Hollands Spoor, and lastly Amsterdam Central). Thereafter, the Intercity services are suspended and replaced by Sprinters. At that time, there is no connection with these cities anymore.

The following services operated by Arriva call at Groningen:

  • 1x per hour express service (sneltrein) Leeuwarden - Buitenpost - Groningen
  • 1x per hour local service (stoptrein) Groningen - Winschoten - Bad Nieuweschans - Leer
  • 2x per hour local service (stoptrein) Leeuwarden - Groningen
  • 2x per hour local service (stoptrein) Groningen - Winschoten
  • 2x per hour local service (stoptrein) Groningen - Roodeschool
  • 2x per hour local service (stoptrein) Groningen - Delfzijl
  • 2x per hour local service (stoptrein) Groningen - Veendam

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Monumentenbordje 2014.svg Dutch Rijksmonument 18691