Leiden Centraal railway station

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Leiden Centraal
Station leiden februari 2003.jpg
Leiden Centraal railway station
Location Leiden, South Holland,
 Netherlands
Coordinates 52°09′59″N 4°28′56″E / 52.16639°N 4.48222°E / 52.16639; 4.48222Coordinates: 52°09′59″N 4°28′56″E / 52.16639°N 4.48222°E / 52.16639; 4.48222
Owned by Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Line(s) Amsterdam–Rotterdam railway
Weesp–Leiden railway
Woerden–Leiden railway
Platforms 6
Tracks 10
History
Opened 17 August 1842
Services
Preceding station   Nederlandse Spoorwegen   Following station
Terminus
NS Intercity 700
1x/hour; Not on late evenings and early weekend mornings. Combined half-hourly service with Intercity 12700 on section Den Haag Centraal-Zwolle. Transfer to Intercity 12500 to/from Leeuwarden at Zwolle
toward Groningen
NS Nachtnet 1400
1x/hour; Nighttrain Intercity service
Terminus
NS Intercity 2100
2x/hour
toward Dordrecht
NS Intercity 2200
2x/hour; Not on late evenings and early Sunday mornings
toward Vlissingen
NS Intercity 2600
2x/hour; Not on late evenings and early weekend mornings
Terminus NS Intercity 8800
2x/hour
toward Vlissingen
NS Intercity 12600
2x/hour; Late evenings and early weekend mornings only. Transfer to Intercity 12500 to/from Leeuwarden and to Intercity 500 to/from Groningen at Zwolle
Terminus
NS Intercity 12700
1x/hour; Not on late evenings and early weekend mornings. Combined half-hourly service with Intercity 700 on section Den Haag Centraal-Zwolle. Transfer to Intercity 500 to/from Groningen at Zwolle
toward Leeuwarden
Terminus NS Sprinter 4300
2x/hour; Weekdays rush hours only
NS Sprinter 5700
2x/hour
NS Sprinter 6300
2x/hour; Not on evenings and weekends
toward Haarlem
Terminus NS Sprinter 6300
2x/hour; Evenings and weekends only
NS Sprinter 19500
2x/hour; Weekdays rush hours only
toward Gouda
Location
Leiden Centraal railway station is located in Randstad
Leiden Centraal railway station

Leiden Centraal is the main railway station in Leiden, a city in the Netherlands.

History[edit]

Leiden Centraal station opened on 17 August 1842 as the southern terminal of the first expansion of the Old Line (Dutch: Oude Lijn) from Haarlem. The original building was replaced by a new one, designed by D.A.N. Margadant, in 1879. This station was later razed and replaced by a third station designed by HGJ Schelling. Due to its post-war design, which was also implemented at other Dutch railway stations, Leiden Centraal became synonymous with the word "ugly." Increasing numbers of passengers also caused the building to become overcrowded. Eventually, it was demolished.

The fourth, and current, station was designed by Harry Reijnders and completed in 1996. Consisting of a white lattice structure, a curved, shell-like entrance leads into a ticketing hall lined with shops and restaurants. When first built, the floor had a bright blue and white finish. Problems with passengers slipping required that the floor be replaced with standard tiling.

Smart card era[edit]

In 2007, Leiden Centraal was renovated in accordance with the introduction of the OV-chipkaart, which created a nation-wide smart card fare system. To implement the OV-chipkaart, ticket barriers were installed, separating the station into a paid and unpaid area. The platforms, waiting area, and several shops comprise the paid area, while the rest of the station (including ticket machines and other shops) is classified as unpaid. The barriers are still open, as the new ticket system is still optional.

Train services[edit]

The following services call at Leiden Centraal:

  • 1x per hour night train (nachtnet) service Rotterdam - The Hague - Amsterdam - Utrecht
  • 1x per hour intercity service The Hague - Leiden - Schiphol - Duivendrecht - Lelystad - Zwolle - Groningen
  • 1x per hour intercity service The Hague - Leiden - Schiphol - Duivendrecht - Lelystad - Zwolle - Leeuwarden
  • 2x per hour intercity service Amsterdam - Haarlem - Leiden - The Hague
  • 2x per hour intercity service Amsterdam - Haarlem - Leiden - The Hague - Rotterdam - Dordrecht
  • 2x per hour intercity service Lelystad - Almere - Amsterdam - Schiphol - Leiden - The Hague - Rotterdam - Dordrecht - Roosendaal - Vlissingen
  • 2x per hour intercity service Leiden - Alphen aan den Rijn - Utrecht
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) Leiden - Alphen aan den Rijn - Gouda (Peak hours only)
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) The Hague - Leiden - Haarlem
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) The Hague - Leiden - Schiphol - Hilversum - Utrecht
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) Leiden - Schiphol - Duivendrecht - Almere (Peak hours only)

Bus services[edit]

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