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RandstadRail network in the southern part of the Randstadmarker conurbation in the west of The Netherlandsmarker, connecting The Haguemarker, Zoetermeermarker and Rotterdammarker, consists of a metro-like line between The Hague and Rotterdam and two light rail lines between The Hague and Zoetermeer. The network mainly uses former train and existing tram tracks, with a new viaduct in The Hague and a new tunnel under construction in Rotterdam.

Routes

The Hague to Rotterdam

The Erasmuslijn runs on the former Hofpleinlijn railway line between The Haguemarker Central and Rotterdam Hofplein, operated since November 2006 by RET metro trains. At the time of the conversion to metro-like operation (retaining some level crossings) more stops were added and frequencies increased. Although the conversion was not flawless, with both a series of technical problems and a derailment, the line has been in full metro-like operation since September 2007. Rotterdam Hofplein terminus will be replaced in 2009 by a tunnel to the Rotterdam Metro at Rotterdam Centraal railway stationmarker.

The Hague to Zoetermeer

Lines 3 and 4 are light rail routes operated by HTM connecting the south-west of The Haguemarker with Zoetermeermarker. Tram tracks in The Hague have been adapted for the longer and wider Citadis vehicles, and both lines use the new premetro tram tunnel under the Spui. More tram lines in the The Hague area are scheduled for conversion to RandstadRail lines.

Line 3 runs from Loosduinenmarker in the south-west of The Hague through the city center and then turns into a circle line in Zoetermeer. Line 4 runs from the southern edge of The Hague through the city center to the east of Zoetermeer.

In Zoetermeer these lines run over the former Zoetermeer Stadslijn. This was the only city railway in The Netherlandsmarker, and it was rebuilt completely for RandstadRail's low-floor vehicles.

File:RandstadRail Den Haag netkous.jpg|A new viaduct connects former train and tram tracks in The HaguemarkerFile:Randstadrail Leidschendam-Voorburg.jpg|Leidschendam-Voorburg Station, the Hague suburbs

References

External links

  • http://www.randstadrail.nl
  • http://www.urbanrail.net/eu/dhg/den-haag.htm



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