Utrecht Centraal railway station

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Utrecht Centraal
Utrecht central station.jpg
Location Netherlands
Coordinates 52°5′21″N 5°6′35″E / 52.08917°N 5.10972°E / 52.08917; 5.10972Coordinates: 52°5′21″N 5°6′35″E / 52.08917°N 5.10972°E / 52.08917; 5.10972
Operated by Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Line(s) Amsterdam–Arnhem railway,
Utrecht–Rotterdam railway,
Utrecht–Boxtel railway,
Utrecht–Kampen railway
Platforms 14
Other information
Station code Ut
History
Opened 1843
Services
Preceding station   ICE   Following station
Terminus
Intercity-Express 100
1x/day
toward Basel SBB
Intercity-Express 120
5x/day
CityNightLine
Terminus
CityNightLine 419
1x/day
Nederlandse Spoorwegen
NS Intercity 500
1x/hour; Combined half-hourly service with Intercity 12500 on section Rotterdam Centraal-Zwolle. Transfer to Intercity 12600/12700 to/from Leeuwarden at Zwolle
toward Groningen
toward Schagen
NS Intercity 800
2x/hour; Weekdays rush hours only
toward Maastricht
toward Alkmaar
NS Intercity 800
2x/hour; Not at weekdays rush hours, evenings and Sundays
NS Intercity 800
2x/hour; Evenings and Sundays only
NS Nachtnet 1400
1x/hour; Nighttrain Intercity service
Terminus
NS Intercity 1700
1x/hour; Combined half-hourly service with Intercity 11700 on section Den Haag Centraal-Amersfoort. Transfer to Intercity 11600 to/from Amersfoort Schothorst at Amersfoort
toward Enschede
NS Intercity 2000
2x/hour; except late evenings and early Sunday mornings
Terminus
NS Intercity 2800
2x/hour; except late evenings and early Sunday mornings
toward Den Helder
NS Intercity 3000
2x/hour
(Except late evenings and early Sunday mornings)
toward Nijmegen
(Late evenings and early Sunday mornings only)
toward Nijmegen
toward Schiphol
NS Intercity 3100
2x/hour; Not on late evenings and early Sunday mornings
toward Nijmegen
NS Intercity 3500
2x/hour; Not on evenings
toward Heerlen
NS Intercity 3500
2x/hour; Early evenings only
toward Eindhoven
NS Intercity 3500
2x/hour; Late evenings only
Terminus
NS Intercity 8800
2x/hour
NS Intercity 11700
1x/hour; Combined half-hourly service with Intercity 1700 on section Den Haag Centraal-Amersfoort. Transfer to Intercity 1600 to/from Enschede at Amersfoort
NS Intercity 12500
1x/hour; Combined half-hourly service with Intercity 500 on section Rotterdam Centraal-Zwolle. Transfer to Intercity 700/12600 to/from Groningen at Zwolle
toward Leeuwarden
Terminus NS Nachtnet 21400
1x/hour; Nighttrain Intercity service, Friday Night and Saturday Night only
toward Eindhoven
NS Sprinter 4900
2x/hour, but only 1x/hour at evenings and Sundays
NS Sprinter 5500
2x/hour
toward Baarn
NS Sprinter 5600
2x/hour
toward Zwolle
NS Sprinter 5700
2x/hour
Terminus
Terminus NS Sprinter 6000
2x/hour
toward Tiel
toward Woerden
NS Sprinter 6100
2x/hour; Not on evenings and weekends
Terminus
NS Sprinter 7400
2x/hour; Weekdays rush hours only
toward Rhenen
toward Breukelen
NS Sprinter 7400
2x/hour; Except weekdays rush hours
(Except evenings and weekends)
NS Sprinter 9800
2x/hour
Terminus
(Evenings and weekends only)
Terminus NS Sprinter 16000
2x/hour, but only 1x/hour at late evenings; Continues at/arrives at 's-Hertogenbosch as Sprinter 13600 to/from Breda
toward Breukelen
NS Sprinter 17400
2x/hour; Weekdays rush hours only
Terminus NS Stoptrein 28300
1x/hour; Spoorwegmuseum shuttle
Terminus
Location
Utrecht Centraal railway station is located in Randstad
Utrecht Centraal railway station
Utrecht, central station

Utrecht Centraal is the central railway station for the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands. It is the largest and busiest railway station in the Netherlands, with fourteen platforms (of which eleven are through tracks) and with more than 285,000[1] passengers per day. With Utrecht being located centrally in the Netherlands, Utrecht Centraal is also the most important railway hub of the country with more than 900 trains leaving this station per day, making it the largest junction station in the Netherlands.[2][3] Therefore, disruptions at the station can easily affect the rest of the country's railway network.[4][5]

International, national and local services call at the station, most notably the InterCityExpress trains to Frankfurt and Basel, intercity services to the northern and southern Netherlands, and local commuter services providing access to towns all over the Randstad.

History[edit]

The first station at the site was opened in 1843, when the Nederlandsche Rhijnspoorweg-Maatschappij opened the first station on Utrecht territory. In 1938, the station became the central station as the Maliebaanstation, on the other side of the city, was closed and the line from Hilversum was diverted into the central station.

Until the 1970s the station building of 1865 remained in place, though a fundamental renovation took place in 1936. Two years later, a fire burned down most of the building, which was subsequently rebuilt. That station building of the late 1930s was in turn demolished in the 1970s to make way for Hoog Catharijne, then Europe's largest enclosed shopping mall, which opened on 17 December 1973. Since that moment, the station hall no longer had a real entrance; the passageways of the shopping mall just continue into the station. In 1989, the station hall was enlarged to include an extra platform.

Future expansion[edit]

Scale model of the new station at Madurodam.

Between 2008 and 2016, the station is undergoing a major reconstruction, as part of a general reconstruction of the Utrecht Station Area,[6] and because of the NS-project Wereldstations. The station hall is being replaced by a new glass structure, designed by architects Benthem Crouwel Architekten,[7] the sheltering roofs on the platforms are being restored,[7] and the station is being once again separated from the Hoog Catharijne shopping area.[7] The bus station, which was located on the east side of the station (i.e. on the side of the city centre) is being split in two, with buses and trams arriving from the west of the city (among others the new suburb of Leidsche Rijn) terminating on the west side of the station to reduce traffic congestion.[8]

A scale model of the new station has been displayed at Madurodam.[9]

Train services[edit]

The following train services call at Utrecht Centraal:

  • international:
    • 1 daily Intercity-Express service Amsterdam - Utrecht - Arnhem - Cologne - Frankfurt Airport - Basel
    • 5 daily Intercity-Express services Amsterdam - Utrecht - Arnhem - Cologne - Frankfurt
    • 1 daily CityNightLine service Amsterdam - Utrecht - Arnhem - Cologne - Munich
    • 1 daily CityNightLine service Amsterdam - Utrecht - Arnhem - Cologne - Berlin - Prague
    • 1 daily EuroNight service Amsterdam - Utrecht - Arnhem - Cologne - Berlin - Warsaw
    • 1 daily CityNightLine service Amsterdam - Utrecht - Arnhem - Cologne - Basel - Zurich
    • 1 daily CityNightLine service Amsterdam - Utrecht - Arnhem - Cologne - Hamburg - Copenhagen
  • national:
    • 1x per hour intercity service Rotterdam - Utrecht - Amersfoort - Zwolle - Leeuwarden
    • 2x per hour intercity service (Schagen - ) Alkmaar - )) Amsterdam - Utrecht - Eindhoven - Maastricht
    • 1x per hour night train (nachtnet) service Rotterdam - The Hague - Amsterdam - Utrecht
    • 1x per hour intercity service The Hague - Utrecht - Amersfoort - Hengelo - Enschede
    • 2x per hour intercity service The Hague - Utrecht
    • 2x per hour intercity service Rotterdam - Utrecht
    • 2x per hour intercity service Den Helder - Amsterdam - Utrecht - Arnhem - Nijmegen
    • 2x per hour intercity service Schiphol - Utrecht - Nijmegen
    • 2x per hour intercity service Schiphol - Utrecht - Eindhoven (- Heerlen)
    • 2x per hour intercity service Leiden - Alphen aan den Rijn - Utrecht
    • 1x per hour intercity service Rotterdam - Utrecht - Amersfoort - Zwolle - Groningen
    • 1x per hour intercity service The Hague - Utrecht - Amersfoort - Amersfoort Schothorst
    • 1x per hour night train (nachtnet) service Utrecht - 's-Hertogenbosch - Eindhoven (weekends only)
    • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) Utrecht - Hilversum - Almere
    • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) Utrecht - Baarn
    • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) Utrecht - Amersfoort - Zwolle
    • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) The Hague - Leiden - Hoofddorp - Schiphol - Duivendrecht - Hilversum - Utrecht
    • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) Utrecht - Geldermalsen - Tiel
    • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) Breukelen - Utrecht - Rhenen
    • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) The Hague - Gouda - Utrecht
    • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) Utrecht - Geldermalsen - 's-Hertogenbosch - Tilburg - Breda
    • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) (Amsterdam -) Breukelen - Utrecht (- Veenendaal Centrum)
    • 1x per hour local service (sprinter) Utrecht - Utrecht Maliebaan
    • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) Utrecht - Woerden

Bus services[edit]

Utrecht Centraal has two bus stations. One next to the station at the city centre side (Busstation Centrum) and the other on the western side (Busstation West), including a tram stop. Bus services are operated by Qbuzz (Abellio) under the brand U-OV, Connexxion (urban and inter-urban services) and Arriva (Brabantliner to Breda and to Gorinchem area).

Busstation Centrumzijde[edit]

Bus station
  • 1 (Centraal Station - Oudenoord - Tuinwijk - Overvecht)
  • 2 (Centraal Station - City Centre - Museumkwartier - Centraal Station (circular))
  • 3 (Centraal Station - Amsterdamsestraatweg - Zuilen - Zuilen Noord)
  • 5 (Centraal Station - City Centre - Wittevrouwen - Tuindorp - Voordorp)
  • 6 (Centraal Station - Oudenoord - Nijenoord - Ondiep - Overvecht - Vechtsebanen)
  • 8 (Lunetten - Tolsteeg - Centraal Station - City Centre - Oudwijk - Sterrenwijk - Oorsprongpark)
  • 9 (Centraal Station - Oudenoord - Tuinwijk - Overvecht - Overvecht Noord)
  • 12 (Centraal Station - Bleekstraat - Rubenslaan - Stadion Galgenwaard - De Uithof AZU)
  • 16 (Centraal Station - Oudenoord - Nijenoord - Ondiep - Vechtsebanen)
  • 27 (Centraal Station - Vredenburg - De Meern Oost)
  • 28 (Vleuten - Vleuterweide - De Meern - Vredenburg - Centraal Station - Wittevrouwen - Rijnsweerd - De Uithof WKZ)
  • 34 (Centraal Station - Oudenoord - Nijenoord - Ondiep - Zuilen - Maarssen)
  • 36 (Centraal Station - Oudenoord - Nijenoord - Ondiep - Zuilen - Maarssen)
  • 41 (Utrecht Centraal - Bleekstraat - Stadion Galgenwaard - Bunnik - Wijk bij Duurstede)
  • 47 (Utrecht Centraal - Bleekstraat - Hoograven - Houten West - Houten Station)
  • 50 (Utrecht Centraal - Wittevrouwen - Zeist - Driebergen-Zeist - Driebergen - Doorn - Leersum - Amerongen - Elst - Rhenen - Wageningen Bus Station)
  • 51 (Utrecht Centraal - Wittevrouwen - De Bilt - Zeist - Driebergen-Zeist)
  • 52 (Utrecht Centraal - Wittevrouwen - Vollenhove - Zeist Handelscentrum - Huis ter Heide - Soesterberg - Amersfoort CS)
  • 53 (Utrecht Centraal - Wittevrouwen - Vollenhove - Zeist)
  • 55 (Utrecht Centraal - Wittevrouwen - Tuindorp - Groenekan - Maartensdijk)
  • 74 (Zeist - De Bilt - Wittevrouwen - Utrecht Centraal - Bleekstraat - Kanaleneiland Zuid - P+R Westraven - Nieuwegein - Nieuwegein Stadscentrum - Vianen Busstation Lekbrug - Vianen Het Monnikenhof - Vianen De Hagen - Vianen Edisonweg)
  • 77 (Nieuwegein Zuid - Nieuwegein Stadscentrum - Nieuwegein - Galecop - P+R Westraven - Kanaleneiland Zuid - Bleekstraat - Utrecht Centraal - Wittevrouwen - De Bilt - De Leijen - Bilthoven)
  • 120 (Utrecht Centraal - Amsterdamsestraatweg - Zuilen - Zuilen Noord - Maarssen - Breukelen NS - Breukelen - Loenen - Loenersloot - Baambrugge - Abcoude - Holendrecht - Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA)
  • 128 (Centraal Station - Wittevrouwen - Rijnsweerd - De Uithof WKZ)
  • 247 (Utrecht Centraal - Bleekstraat - Hoograven - Kanaleneiland Zuid - Nieuwegein - Houten West - Houten Station)
  • 251 (Utrecht Centraal - Wittevrouwen - De Bilt - Zeist - Zeist Handelscentrum)

Busstation West[edit]

  • 7 (Centraal Station - Oudenrijn Hospital - Kanaleneiland Shopping Centre - Kanaleneiland Zuid)
  • 19 (Centraal Station - Vleutenseweg - Leidsche Rijn - Leidsche Rijn Station)
  • 21 (Centraal Station - Rivierenwijk - Hoograven)
  • 23 (Centraal Station - City Centre)
  • 24 (Centraal Station - Transwijk - Kanaleneiland Shopping Centre - Papendorp Noord - De Meern Oudenrijn - De Meern-Oost)
  • 25 (Centraal Station - Oog in Al - Lombok - Cartesiusweg)
  • 26 (Centraal Station - Lombok - Langerak - Leidsche Rijn - Terwijde - Vleuterwijde)
  • 29 (Centraal Station - Transwijk - Kanaleneiland Shopping Centre - Papendorp P&R - Papendorp Zuid)
  • 37 (Centraal Station - Vleutenseweg - Lage Weide - Maarssenbroek - Maarssen NS)
  • 38 (Centraal Station - Vleutenseweg - Lage Weide - Maarssen NS)
  • 39 (Centraal Station - Vleutenseweg - Leidsche Rijn - Terwijde - Maarssen NS)
  • 63 (Utrecht Centraal - Kanaleneiland Zuid - Vianen Busstation Lekbrug - Vianen De Hagen - Vianen De Biezen) (limited stop between Utrecht CS and Vianen Busstation Lekbrug)
  • 65 (Utrecht Centraal - P+R Westraven - Nieuwegein - Vianen Busstation Lekbrug)
  • 66 (Utrecht Centraal - Kanaleneiland Zuid - Nieuwegein - Nieuwegein Stadscentrum)
  • 81 (Utrecht Centraal - Vianen Busstation Lekbrug - Lexmond - Meerkerk - Bazelbrug - Arkel - Gorinchem)
  • 85 (Utrecht Centraal - Vianen Busstation Lekbrug - Leerdam)
  • 90 (Utrecht Centraal - Vianen Busstation Lekbrug - Lexmond - Ameide - Langerak - Groot Ammers - Nieuw Lekkerland - Kinderdijk - Alblasserdam - Ridderkerk - Rotterdam Lombardijen - Rotterdam Zuidplein)
  • 102 (Utrecht Centraal - Oudenrijn - De Meern - Harmelen - Woerden)
  • 103 (Utrecht Centraal - Oudenrijn - De Meern - Harmelen - Woerden)
  • 107 (Utrecht Centraal - Oudenrijn - De Meern - Montfoort - Oudewater - Haastrecht - Gouda)
  • 181 (Utrecht Centraal - Vianen Busstation Lekbrug - Lexmond - Meerkerk - Bazelbrug - Arkel - Gorinchem) (limited stop service)
  • 195 (Utrecht Centraal - Kanaleneiland - IJsselstein - Benschop - Lopik - Schoonhoven - Bergambacht - Krimpen aan den IJssel - Rotterdam Capelsebrug Metro Station)
  • 207 (Utrecht Centraal - Kanaleneiland - Montfoort - Oudewater)
  • 295 (Utrecht Centraal - Kanaleneiland - IJsselstein - Benschop - Lopik - Schoonhoven (- Bergambacht - Krimpen aan den IJssel - Rotterdam Capelsebrug Metro Station))
  • 387 (Utrecht Centraal - Vianen Busstation Lekbrug - Gorinchem) Qliner
  • 388 (Utrecht Centraal - Vianen Busstation Lekbrug - Noordeloos - Sliedrecht - Papendrecht - Dordrecht Hospital) Qliner
  • 389 (Utrecht Centraal - Vianen Busstation Lekbrug - Noordeloos - Papendrecht - Papendrecht Busstation) Qliner
  • 400 (Utrecht Centraal - Vianen Busstation Lekbrug - Sleeuwijk Tol - Raamsdonksveer - Oosterhout) Brabantliner
  • 401 (Utrecht Centraal - Vianen Busstation Lekbrug - Sleeuwijk Tol - Hank - Breda) Brabantliner
  • Eurolines

Tram services[edit]

  • Line 60: Jaarbeursplein - Transwijk - P+R Westraven - Nieuwegein - Nieuwegein South
  • Line 61: Jaarbeursplein - Transwijk - P+R Westraven - Nieuwegein - IJsselstein

Bicycles[edit]

With a large university, Utrecht has a disproportionate number of cyclists, parking their bike virtually anywhere, especially around Utrecht Centraal. Thousands of bicycles clog the area, at almost any time. This not only creates an eyesore, but is also affecting pedestrian traffic. To address the problem, the City Council decided in 2014 to build the world's largest bicycle parking station, near the Central Railway Station. This 3-floor construction will cost an estimated 48 million Euros and will hold 12,500 bicycles. Completion is foreseen in 2018.[10]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Utrecht Central station at Wikimedia Commons