Voorweg RandstadRail station

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Voorweg
Location Netherlands
Coordinates 52°03′46″N4°28′15″E / 52.06278°N 4.47083°E / 52.06278; 4.47083 Coordinates: 52°03′46″N4°28′15″E / 52.06278°N 4.47083°E / 52.06278; 4.47083
Platforms4 (2 low + 2 high)
History
Opened22 May 1977, reopened 29 October 2006
Closed3 June 2006
Location
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Voorweg
Location within RandstadRail network

Voorweg is a RandstadRail station in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands.

RandstadRail light rail network in South Holland

RandstadRail (RR) is the official name of a public transportation rapid transit network in the southern part of the Rotterdam The Hague Metropolitan Area in the west of the Netherlands, connecting The Hague, Zoetermeer and Rotterdam. The network mainly uses former train and existing tram tracks, with a new flyover in The Hague and a new tunnel in Rotterdam. RandstadRail is a hybrid system of low-floor tram-train-like carriages used between The Hague and the city of Zoetermeer, and high-floor metro/subway-like carriages between The Hague and Rotterdam. The stations used by both lines have extended platforms with a high and a low part. Moreover, the network includes two bus lines.
The name can be somewhat confusing as for travellers RandstadRail only refers to tram 3 and 4 to Zoetermeer. All other connections as described above are fully integrated in existing metro and bus networks. On the other hand, Hague exploitant HTM considers a regular tram line as RandstadRail, only because it uses the RR-vehicles.

Zoetermeer Municipality in South Holland, Netherlands

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Netherlands Constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe

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History

The station opened as a railway station on 22 May 1977 as part of the Zoetermeerlijn, operating Zoetermeer Stadslijn services. The station closed on 3 June 2006 and reopened as a RandstadRail station on 29 October 2006, for the HTM tram services (4), and on 20 October 2007, for tram service 3.

Zoetermeer Stadslijn

Zoetermeer Stadslijn is a light-rail system in the Netherlands, between The Hague and Zoetermeer.

HTM Personenvervoer public transportation company in the Netherlands

HTM Personenvervoer NV is a public transport company in the Netherlands operating trams, lightrail and buses in The Hague, Rijswijk, Leidschendam, Voorburg, Delft, Zoetermeer, Wateringen, Pijnacker and Nootdorp, the so-called Conurbation Haaglanden. The lightrail connection to Zoetermeer is operated in coöperation with RET, the Rotterdam-public transport company, which operates the connection between The Hague Central Station and Slinge in the south of Rotterdam, thus giving a fast and easy connection between the two city-centres. Regional transports are serviced by Connexxion, Arriva and RET.

The station features four platforms on two levels that are at right angles with each other. The bottom two are the tracks from The Hague, which have not yet entered the Zoetermeer circuit. The platforms are low and at the same level as the tram doors.

It is one of only three stations in the world in which the same metro line still passes through it twice in a pretzel configuration (the others being Monument Metro Station on the Tyne and Wear Metro in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England and Serdika and Serdika II stations on the Sofia Metro in Sofia, Bulgaria). A similar situation also existed for 14 years in Canada on the Vancouver SkyTrain at Commercial–Broadway station and briefly on the Toronto subway, also in Canada, at Bloor-Yonge, for six months in 1966.

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Tyne and Wear Metro rapid-transit rail network in north-east England

The Tyne and Wear Metro, referred to locally as simply the Metro, is a rapid transit and light rail system in North East England, serving Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Sunderland in Tyne and Wear. It has been described as the first modern light rail system in the United Kingdom.

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Passengers can change at Voorweg for Meerzicht, Driemanspolder, Delftsewallen and Dorp to get their destination faster.

Services

The following services currently call at Voorweg:

ServiceRouteMaterialFrequency
RR3 Arnold Spoelplein - Pisuissestraat - Mozartlaan - Heliotrooplaan - Muurbloemweg - Hoefbladlaan - De Savornin Lohmanplein - Appelstraat - Zonnebloemstraat - Azaleaplein - Goudenregenstraat - Fahrenheitstraat - Valkenbosplein - Conradkade - Van Speijkstraat - Elandstraat - MCH Westeinde - Brouwersgracht - Grote Markt - Spui - Den Haag Centraal - Beatrixkwartier - Laan van NOI - Voorburg 't Loo - Leidschendam-Voorburg - Forepark - Leidschenveen - Voorweg (Low Level) - Centrum West - Stadhuis - Palenstein - Seghwaert - Leidsewallen - De Leyens - Buytenwegh - Voorweg (High Level) - Meerzicht - Driemanspolder - Delftsewallen - Dorp - Centrum West HTM RegioCidatis Tram6x per hour (Monday - Saturday, Every 10 Minutes), 5x per hour (Sundays, Every 12 Minutes), 4x per hour (Evenings, after 8pm, Every 15 Minutes)
RR4 De Uithof - Beresteinaan - Bouwlustlaan - De Rade - Dedemsvaart - Zuidwoldepad - Leyenburg - Monnickendamplein - Tienhovenselaan - Dierenselaan - De La Reyweg - Monstersestraat - MCH Westeinde - Brouwersgracht - Grote Markt - Spui - Den Haag Centraal - Beatrixkwartier - Laan van NOI - Voorburg 't Loo - Leidschendam-Voorburg - Forepark - Leidschenveen - Voorweg (Low Level) - Centrum West - Stadhuis - Palenstein - Seghwaert - Willem Dreeslaan - Oosterheem - Javalaan HTM RegioCitadis Tram6x per hour (Monday - Saturday, Every 10 Minutes), 5x per hour (Sundays, Every 12 Minutes), 4x per hour (Evenings, after 8pm, Every 15 Minutes)

Although RR3 stops at both levels, RR4 stops only at the lower level.

Preceding station  RandstadRail  Following station
toward  Centrum West
Line RR3 (HTM)
toward  Centrum West
Line RR3 (HTM)
toward  Javalaan
Line RR4 (HTM)
toward  De Uithof


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