Den Haag Centraal railway station

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Den Haag Centraal
Nieuwe Station Den Haag Centraal 2014.JPG
Location Koningin Julianaplein 10
2595 AA The Hague
Netherlands
Coordinates 52°4′54″N 4°19′45″E / 52.08167°N 4.32917°E / 52.08167; 4.32917Coordinates: 52°4′54″N 4°19′45″E / 52.08167°N 4.32917°E / 52.08167; 4.32917
Operated by Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Line(s) Gouda–Den Haag railway
Platforms 10
Other information
Station code Gvc
History
Opened 1973
Services
Preceding station   Nederlandse Spoorwegen   Following station
Terminus NS Intercity 700
1x/hour; Combined half-hourly service with Intercity 1800 on section Den Haag Centraal-Zwolle. Transfer to Intercity 600 to/from Leeuwarden at Zwolle
toward Groningen
NS Intercity 1100
2x/hour; Until April 2017. Transfer to Intercity 11100 to/from Eindhoven at Breda
toward Breda
NS Intercity 1100
2x/hour; From April 2017
toward Eindhoven
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 1800
1x/hour; Combined half-hourly service with Intercity 700 on section Den Haag Centraal-Zwolle. Transfer to Intercity 500 to/from Groningen at Zwolle
toward Leeuwarden
NS Intercity 2000
2x/hour; Not on late evenings and early Sunday mornings
NS Intercity 2100
2x/hour; Not on late evenings and early Sunday mornings
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 Sprinter 4600
2x/hour
toward Zwolle
NS Sprinter 5000
2x/hour; Not on evenings and weekends
toward Dordrecht
NS Sprinter 5100
2x/hour
NS Sprinter 6300
2x/hour; Not on evenings and weekends
toward Haarlem
NS Sprinter 6800
2x/hour; Not on evenings and weekends
NS Sprinter 7800
2x/hour; Continues/arrives as Sprinter 6900 to/from 's-Hertogenbosch at Utrecht Centraal
Location
Den Haag Centraal railway station is located in Randstad
Den Haag Centraal railway station

Den Haag Centraal (Dutch pronunciation: [dɛn ˌɦaːx sɛnˈtraːl]; In English: The Hague Central) (IATA: ZYH) is the largest railway station in the Dutch seat of government, the city of The Hague, and with twelve tracks, the largest terminal station in the Netherlands. The station was completed in 1973, adjacent to its predecessor: station Den Haag Staatsspoor, which was subsequently demolished. It is the western terminus of the Gouda–Den Haag railway.

History[edit]

Main hall of Den Haag Centraal, before its renovation.

The oldest station in The Hague is Den Haag Hollands Spoor (The Hague Holland's Rail) on the main line from Amsterdam to Rotterdam, opened in 1843 by the Hollandsche IJzeren Spoorweg-Maatschappij (Holland's Iron Railroad Company). This station was built at some distance from the city centre.

In 1870, the Nederlandsche Rhijnspoorweg-Maatschappij (Dutch Rhine-railroad Company) opened a second station in The Hague, Den Haag Rijnspoor (The Hague Rhine Rail) for trains to Gouda and Utrecht. This station was built much closer to the city centre. From 1888 this railroad was the property of the Maatschappij tot Exploitatie van Staatsspoorwegen (State Railway Operation Company); the station was renamed Den Haag Staatsspoor ("The Hague State Rail").

In the 1970s, Nederlandse Spoorwegen decided to build a new Central Station in The Hague and it was decided to build the new station next to Staatsspoor station. The old station was demolished after the new station was completed. A chord was also built to connect the station to the line to Amsterdam. Although Centraal station is the largest station in The Hague, it is served by onlyterminating trains; Intercity and international trains travelling between Amsterdam and Rotterdam stop only at Hollands Spoor station. Now, The Hague is the only city in the Netherlands which still has two major railway stations.

The main hall of Den Haag Centraal is currently undergoing a renovation in order to increase the railway station's capacity. The roof has been replaced. It is now higher, and made of glass plates placed in a framework of stainless steel. Moreover, more commercial space has been added next to both side entrances, and new tiling is due to be placed. The renovation was planned to finish by the end of 2014 but is still going on as of July 2015.

Train services[edit]

A NS DD-IRM train at one of the railway platforms

The following services call at Den Haag Centraal:

  • 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 The Hague - Leiden - Haarlem - Amsterdam
  • 1x per hour intercity service The Hague - Utrecht - Amersfoort - Hengelo - Enschede
  • 1x per hour intercity service The Hague - Utrecht - Amersfoort - Amersfoort Schothorst
  • 2x per hour intercity service The Hague - Utrecht
  • 2x per hour intercity service The Hague - Rotterdam - Breda - Eindhoven - Venlo
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) The Hague - Rotterdam - Dordrecht - Breda
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) The Hague - Rotterdam - Dordrecht - Roosendaal
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) The Hague - Leiden - Schiphol - Duivendrecht - Hilversum - Utrecht
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) The Hague - Leiden - Haarlem
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) The Hague - Gouda - Utrecht
  • 2x per hour local service (sprinter) The Hague - Gouda - Gouda Goverwelle

Tram services[edit]

Den Haag Centraal is a public transportation hub and a major nodal hub for the tram network run by HTM Personenvervoer. The railway station features two separate sets of platforms.

Upper tram station

These are two elevated island platforms serving four tracks, located above and lying perpendicular to the heavy rail tracks, serving lines 2, 3, 4, and 6. Regular lines 2 and 6 use the inner tracks, while the RandstadRail lines 3 and 4 use the outer tracks. They connect directly to the city centre tunnel to the west and the elevated tracks to Ternoot and Beatrixkwartier to the east.

The elevated tram station above the mainline tracks
Platform Line Destination Via
A  3  Loosduinen Tramtunnel, Prinsegracht, MCH Westeinde, Bomen/-Vruchtenbuurt, Bohemen
 4  De Uithof Tramtunnel, Prinsegracht, MCH Westeinde, Rustenburg/Oostbroek, Leyenburg, Bouwlust
B  2  Kraayenstein Tramtunnel, Prinsegracht, MCH Westeinde, Nieuw Eykenduynen, Oud Eik en Duinen, Houtwijk, Loosduinen
 6  Leyenburg Tramtunnel, Prinsegracht, Schilderswijk, Haagse Markt, Transvaalkwartier, Rustenburg/Oostbroek
C  2  Leidschendam Leidsenhage Ternoot, Bezuidenhout, Laan van NOI, Voorburg 't Loo, Essesteijn
 6  Leidschendam Noord Ternoot, Bezuidenhout, Haagse Hout, Station Mariahoeve, Essesteijn, Leidsenhage
D  3  Zoetermeer Centrum West Beatrixkwartier, Laan van NOI, Voorburg 't Loo, Leidschendam-Voorburg, Forepark, Leidschenveen, Zoetermeerse Rijweg, Voorweg, Centrum-West, Seghwaert, Zoetermeerse Krakeling
 4  Zoetermeer Javalaan Beatrixkwartier, Laan van NOI, Voorburg 't Loo, Leidschendam-Voorburg, Forepark, Leidschenveen, Zoetermeerse Rijweg, Voorweg, Centrum-West, Seghwaert, Oosterheem
Lower tram station

These are two ground-level side platforms and one island platform between them, located parallel to the heavy rail tracks outside the south-western entrance. All other city tram lines that call at the station use these platforms.

Street-level tram stop outside the station
Platform Line Destination Via
E  9  Scheveningen Noorderstrand Malieveld, Koninginnegracht, Madurodam, Westbroekpark, Circustheater, Kurhaus
 15  Nootdorp Korte Voorhout, Buitenhof, Centrum, Bierkade, Rijswijkseplein/Station Hollands Spoor, Laakkwartier, Rijswijk, Hoornbrug, Broekpolder, P+R Hoornwijck, Ypenburg
 17  Statenkwartier Korte Voorhout, Buitenhof, Zeeheldenkwartier, Gemeentemuseum/Museon
F/G Out of order
H  9  Vrederust Kalvermarkt-Stadhuis, Bierkade, Station Hollands Spoor, Stationsbuurt, Zuiderpark, Moerwijk, Winkelcentrum Leyweg, Morgenstond
 16  Wateringen Kalvermarkt-Stadhuis, Bierkade, Station Hollands Spoor, Laakkwartier, Spoorwijk, Station Moerwijk, Moerwijk, Winkelcentrum Leyweg, Morgenstond, Hoge Veld, Wateringse Veld
 17  Wateringen Rijswijkseplein, Station Hollands Spoor, Laakkwartier, Spoorwijk, Plaspoelpolder, Rijswijk Station, In de Bogaard, Eikelenburg, Wateringse Veld

Metro services[edit]

New metro station

The Rotterdam-based RET operates RandstadRail line E, a high-capacity metro service via Leidschenveen and Pijnacker to Rotterdam Centraal station. From there it shares track with line D of the Rotterdam Metro and terminates at Slinge station.

Until August 2016, these services used platforms 11 and 12 of the mainline station, alongside the heavy rail tracks. Since then, two dedicated elevated platforms have come into use. Here, metro trains use the high-level side platforms; the low-level island platform is used by RandstadRail trams in case of emergency, when the connecting tracks via Beatrixkwartier cannot be used.

Bus services[edit]

The bus station

There is a bus platform above the rail roads, which is connected to the Prins Bernhardviaduct running over the tracks. The platform is accessible from the station's main hall. Several city and regional lines of three different carriers stop here. HTM's bus lines starting with an N are night buses and only run on Fridays and Saturdays.

Platform Line Destination Via Carrier
C All Final destination
D  24  Station Mariahoeve Haagse Hout, Mariahoeve HTM
 N2  Leidschendam/Voorburg Mariahoeve, MCH Antoniushove, Voorburg Station HTM
 N6  Zoetermeer Mandelabrug, Rokkeveen, Silverdome, Centrum West, Hoflaan, Rotonde Houtkade, Centraal Station HTM
E  24  Kijkduin Centrum, Kneuterdijk, Plein 1813, Javastraat, Vredespaleis, Gemeentemuseum/Museon, HagaZiekenhuis, Vogelwijk, Bohemen HTM
 N5  Centrum (Buitenhof) HTM
 N6  Centrum (Buitenhof) HTM
F  18  Rijswijk De Schilp Stationsbuurt, Station Hollands Spoor, Laak, Rijswijk Station, In de Bogaard, Steenvoorde HTM
G  18  Clingendael Malieveld, Benoordenhout HTM
H  22  Duindorp Centrum, Kneuterdijk, Plein 1813, Javastraat, Madurodam, Kurhaus, Scheveningen HTM
I  22  Duinzigt Malieveld, Bronovo Ziekenhuis, Waalsdorperweg HTM
J  45  Leiden, Centraal Station Beatrixkwartier/Bezuidenhout, Voorburg (Station, Station Leidschendam-Voorburg), GGZ Haagstreek, Voorschoten, Station Lammenschans, Breestraat Veolia/Arriva
 45  Voorschoten, Vlietwijk Beatrixkwartier/Bezuidenhout, Voorburg (Station, Station Leidschendam-Voorburg), Leidschendam (MCH Antoniushove, Leidsenhage, GGZ Haagstreek) Veolia
K  43  Leiden, Centraal Station Bezuidenhout, Marlot, Wassenaar (De Kieviet, van Oldenbarneveltweg, Maaldrift), Haagse Schouw, Universiteit Leiden Veolia
 91  Wassenaar, Park Duinrell Bezuidenhout, Marlot, Wassenaar (De Kieviet, van Oldenbarneveltweg) Veolia
L  90  Hillegom, Station -
Nieuw-Vennep, Station
Wassenaar (Kerkehout, van Oldenbarneveltweg, Dr Mansveltkade/Duinrell), Katwijk (Panbos, Molentuinweg, Raadhuis, Vuurbaak, Centre/Beach, Biltlaan, Rijnsoever), Noordwijk, Noordwijkerhout, De Zilk, Hillegom (Station, Weeresteinstraat, Olympiaweg), Beinsdorp, Winkelcentrum Getsewoud, Zuiderdreef Arriva
 491  Wassenaar, Park Duinrell Van Oldenbarneveltweg Veolia
O  385  Noordwijk, Picképlein Wassenaar (Kerkehout, Deijleroord), Transferium A44, Katwijk (Valkenburg, Raadhuis, North) Arriva
 386  Oegstgeest, Simon Vestdijklaan Wassenaar (Kerkehout, Deijleroord), Transferium A44, Leidsebuurt Arriva

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