This September three of the major cities of the Dutch Delta Metropole will be connected by a light rail system. The Hague, Rotterdam and Zoetermeer have tried to prevent further congestion making use of the transformation of some existing tracks, formerly used for heavy rail, and several supplementary new tracks and stations. This project, the so called RandstadRail, will not only connect the major city centres but will also give access to several intermediate new towns and suburbs. At the same time investments in the traditional railway network in this region have also generated new stations on the existing lines forming a network. The opening of these stations will be a great step forward for public transport in this densely populated central region.
The futuristic tube in the new town of the Hague Leidschenveen is a transfer point between RandstadRail and a tramline. The spatial quality of the building and the surrounding public space reflect the ambition of the central zone of the quarter. Architect Paul van der Ree (1960) made a design for a transparent canopy in a mix of steel, curved glass and plain wood in the interior, creating a warm atmosphere for the public. The special designed glass (freeform glass) can be curved on the site and is a lightweight material.
In the future about 9000 travellers per day will use this station.
5000 for the tramline and 4000 for the lightrail
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