Location in South Holland
|Established||1 January 2002|
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Klaas Tigelaar (CU)|
|• Total||35.62 km2 (13.75 sq mi)|
|• Land||32.70 km2 (12.63 sq mi)|
|• Water||2.92 km2 (1.13 sq mi)|
|Elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|Population (August 2017)|
|• Density||2,287/km2 (5,920/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code||070, 071|
Leidschendam-Voorburg ([ˈlɛitsə(n)ˌdɑm ˈvoːrbɵrx] ( listen)) is a municipality in the western Netherlands, located in the province of South Holland. It had a population of 74,788 in 2017, and covers an area of 35.62 km2 (13.75 sq mi) of which 2.92 km2 (1.13 sq mi) is water.
The municipality of Leidschendam-Voorburg is the result of merging the municipalities Leidschendam and Voorburg in 2002. It consists of the two towns Leidschendam and Voorburg, which grew towards each other in the first half of the 20th century. The village Stompwijk and a hamlet called Wilsveen also belong to the municipality.
Leidschendam-Voorburg abuts the city of The Hague and is often regarded as its suburb, even though it is an independent municipality. It is part of the Haaglanden conurbation. Stompwijk is still a rural village, located a few kilometres northeast of Leidschendam.
Historic town centers
Leidschendam as well as Voorburg have their own historic town center, which are both decentral situated.
Historic Leidschendam lies around the acien locks in the Vliet canal in the eastern part of the town.
About 3 kilometers more to the South is the beginning of the Herenstraat, the most important and longest street of the Voorburg town center. Historic Voorburg is mainly situated in between this half a kilometer long steet and (again) the Vliet. The canal forms also the eastern border of the town. The most important buildings like Swaensteyn House, the Old Church (Oude Kerk) and Hofwijck are in or very near the Herenstraat.
Mall of the Netherlands
Until 2019 the current Leidschendam shopping mall: Leidsenhage is undergoing a total makeover. By that year this project should be completed. The new shopping area will be expanded to 117.000 square meters. The center also will get a new name: "Mall of the Netherlands".
Leidschendam-Voorburg is twinned with:
- Hranice, Czech Republic (since 1990),
- Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland (since 1991)
- Temecula, California, USA (since 1993).
Three railway stations are located within the municipality, providing links with all major cities in the Randstad. The main trainstation is Voorburg on The Hague - Utrecht line. This station is on the Southern edge of the town center.
There are two stations on the Rotterdam-Amsterdam line, which are situated on the border of The Hague: Den Haag Laan van NOI (for some Intercity trains and local trains) and Den Haag Mariahoeve (only for local trains).
Leidschendam-Voorburg has two stations on the RandstadRail lines. RandstadRail is the official name for a light rail project connecting the cities of The Hague, Rotterdam and Zoetermeer. These lines use former train routes, which are now converted for use by light rail vehicles.
It is a somewhat confussing name as for travelers RandstadRail is only used for tram 3 and 4 to Zoetermeer. The line to Rotterdam is exploited as a branch of the Rotterdam metro: Rotterdam metro line E. Stations in Leidschendam-Voorburg (for both trams and metro) are Voorburg 't Loo and Leidschendam-Voorburg. RandstadRail also stops at Den Haag Laan van NOI train station.
Bus and tram
There are two major bus services running through this municipality. They are HTM and Veolia. Several tram trajectories through Leidschendam-Voorburg - run by HTM - connect various parts of the city with each other, as well as with various neighbouring cities.
Leidschendam-Voorburg is connected to the A4 (Amsterdam - Belgian border by Rotterdam) and A12 (The Hague - German border by Utrecht) motorways, which cross each other near the city center of Voorburg.
Together with a part of motorway A4 and several local roads the N14 forms the Ring Den Haag.
Like every dutch municipality Leidschendam-Voorburg provide in a wide range of facilities for cyclers. On the eastern edge there are for example two large cycle bridges which croses different roads and ditches.
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