Maastricht railway station

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Maastricht
Maastricht, station.gif
Location Netherlands
Coordinates 50°51′00″N 5°42′19″E / 50.85000°N 5.70528°E / 50.85000; 5.70528Coordinates: 50°51′00″N 5°42′19″E / 50.85000°N 5.70528°E / 50.85000; 5.70528
Line(s) Maastricht–Venlo railway
Maastricht–Aachen railway
Liège–Maastricht railway
History
Opened 1853
Services
Preceding station   Nederlandse Spoorwegen   Following station
toward Schagen
NS Intercity 800
2x/hour; Weekdays rush hours only
Terminus
toward Alkmaar
NS Intercity 800
2x/hour; Not on weekdays rush hours, evenings and Sundays
NS Intercity 800
2x/hour; Evenings and Sundays only
Arriva
Terminus
Sneltrein 32100
2x/hour; Not on late evenings and Sunday mornings
toward Heerlen
Stoptrein 32000
2x/hour
toward Heerlen
toward Roermond
Stoptrein 32400
2x/hour
Terminus
NMBS
toward Hasselt
IC 13
weekdays
1x/hour
Terminus
IC 13
weekends
1x/hour
Location
Maastricht is located in the Netherlands
Maastricht
Maastricht
Location within the Netherlands

Maastricht is a railway station located in Maastricht, Netherlands. It is the main railway station in Limburg's capital. It is the southern terminus of the Alkmaar — Maastricht intercity service. Additionally, Arriva and the Belgian NMBS serve the station with local trains.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 23 October 1853, when the international Maastricht-Aachen railway was opened. In 1856, a railway connection with Hasselt was opened. Both lines are now closed. In 1861, the Liège-Maastricht railway connection was opened. It was not before the opening of the Maastricht–Venlo railway, in 1865, that domestic destinations outside of the region could be reached from Maastricht.

Due to the fortified character of the town, the first railway station was in fact situated outside of Maastricht, on grounds of the municipality of Meerssen. The first station was built out of wood, so that in case of enemy attack, the station could quickly be demolished. It was not before 1907 that the municipality borders were adjusted and the station became part of the municipality of Maastricht. The current, brick building was built in 1913, designed by George Willem van Heukelom. Inside the station was room for border customs, as international trains arrived in Maastricht. Still, once per hour a train from Liège arrives in Maastricht, but as Belgium and The Netherlands are both in the Schengen zone, there are no passport and security checks present in Maastricht any longer. The space is now used for small shops, such as a flower boutique, Albert Heijn, HEMA and some snack stores.

Hallway connecting the main hall to the platforms 1, 2 and 3 and the bus station. Old signs are still visible above the tunnels from the days that border customs were present in this station.

Future[edit]

There are plans for reopening the railway connection to Hasselt, as a tramway connection. Twice an hour, a tram should run from Maastricht station through the center to the nearby town of Lanaken, and further as a light rail train to Bilzen and Hasselt. According to plan, passengers should be able to travel by tram in 2018.[1]

Train service[edit]

The following services currently call at Maastricht:

  • 2x per hour Intercity services (Schagen -) Alkmaar - Amsterdam - Utrecht - Eindhoven - Maastricht
  • 2x per hour Express services (sneltrein) Maastricht - Heerlen
  • 2x per hour Local services (sprinter) Roermond - Sittard - Maastricht Randwyck
  • 1x per hour Local services (stoptrein) Hasselt - Liers - Liège - Visè - Maastricht (weekdays)
  • 1x per hour Local services (stoptrein) Liège - Visè - Maastricht (weekends)
  • 2x per hour Local services (stoptrein) Maastricht Randwyck - Heerlen - Kerkrade Centrum

Bus services[edit]

City buses[edit]

  • Line 1: Malberg - Brusselse Poort - Maastricht City Centre - Maastricht Central Station - Maastricht Randwyck - De Heeg
  • Line 2: Oud Caberg - Brusselse Poort - Maastricht City Centre - Maastricht Central Station - Maastricht Randwyck - De Heeg
  • Line 3: Wolder - Biesland - Jekerkwartier - Maastricht City Centre - Maastricht Central Station - Wittevrouwenveld - Nazareth
  • Line 4: Maastricht( - Pottenberg - Jekerkwartier - City Centre - Central Station - Wittevrouwenveld) - Berg en Terblijt - Valkenburg
  • Line 5: Daalhof - Mariaberg - Maastricht City Centre - Maastricht Central Station - Maastricht Randwyck - Heugem - Oost-Maarland - Eijsden
  • Line 6: Daalhof - Mariaberg - Maastricht City Centre - Maastricht Central Station - Wittevrouwenveld - Amby
  • Line 7: Malpertuis - Caberg - Maastricht City Centre - Maastricht Central Station - Maastricht City Centre - Jekerdal - Villapark
  • Line 8: Maastricht( - Boschpoort - City Centre - Central Station - Wittevrouwenveld) - Bemelen - Sibbe - Valkenburg
  • Line 9: Maastricht Central Station - Beatrixhaven - Borgharen - Itteren - Bunde

Night buses[edit]

  • N1: Malberg - Brusselse Poort - Maastricht City Centre - Maastricht Central Station - Randwyck - De Heeg
  • N4: Maastricht City Centre - Scharn - Wittevrouwenveld - Berg en Terblijt - Valkenburg

Regional buses[edit]

  • Line 30: Sittard - Geleen - Beek - MAA - Meerssen - Maastricht
  • Line 57: Maastricht - Gronsveld - Eckelrade - St. Geertruid - Mheer - Noorbeek - Heyenrath - Epen - Mechelen - Partij - Gulpen
  • Limburgliner 350: Maastricht - Cadier en Keer - Margraten - Gulpen - Wahlwiller - Nijswiller - Lemiers - Vaals - Aachen
  • Schoolline 610: Simpelveld - Bocholtz - Nijswiller - Wahlwiller - Gulpen - Margraten - Cadier en Keer - Maastricht

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