Leidschendam-Voorburg

Leidschendam-Voorburg ([ˈlɛitsə(n)ˌdɑm ˈvoːrbɵrx] (About this soundlisten)) 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.

Leidschendam-Voorburg
The Vliet through Leidschendam
The Vliet through Leidschendam
Flag of Leidschendam-Voorburg
Flag
Coat of arms of Leidschendam-Voorburg
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Leidschendam-Voorburg in a municipal map of South Holland
Location in South Holland
Leidschendam-Voorburg is located in Netherlands
Leidschendam-Voorburg
Leidschendam-Voorburg
Location in the Netherlands
Coordinates: 52°5′N 4°24′E / 52.083°N 4.400°E / 52.083; 4.400Coordinates: 52°5′N 4°24′E / 52.083°N 4.400°E / 52.083; 4.400
CountryNetherlands
Province South Holland
Established1 January 2002[1]
Government
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorKlaas Tigelaar (CU)
Area
 • Total35.62 km2 (13.75 sq mi)
 • Land32.70 km2 (12.63 sq mi)
 • Water2.92 km2 (1.13 sq mi)
Elevation0 m (0 ft)
Population
 (August 2017)[5]
 • Total74,788
 • Density2,287/km2 (5,920/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postcode
2260–2275
Area code070, 071
Websitewww.leidschendam-voorburg.nl

OriginEdit

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 centersEdit

 
Topographic map of Leidschendam-Voorburg, June 2015

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 street 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 NetherlandsEdit

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[6]. The center also will get a new name: "Mall of the Netherlands".

Sister citiesEdit

Leidschendam-Voorburg is twinned with:

TransportEdit

 
The old town hall (Swaensteyn) located on Herenstraat, Voorburg

Public transportEdit

RailwayEdit

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).

Light railEdit

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 confusing 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 tramEdit

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.

RoadsEdit

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.

The N14 dual carriageway, which connects the A4 at Leidschendam to the N44 dual carriageway at Wassenaar runs through a series of tunnels in the municipality.

Together with a part of motorway A4 and several local roads the N14 forms the Ring Den Haag.

Cycle pathsEdit

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 cross different roads and ditches.

Notable peopleEdit

 
Roderick Vonhogen, 2011
 
Carla Dik-Faber, 2018
 
Johan De Meij, 2016
 
Bertha "Puck" Brouwer, 1950
 
Christiaan van Velzen, 1980
 
Gerben Karstens, 2011
Public thinking & Public Service
The Arts
Sport

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gemeentelijke indeling op 1 januari 2002" [Municipal divisions on 1 January 2002]. cbs.nl (in Dutch). CBS. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Municipal Council" [Gemeenteraad] (in Dutch). Gemeente Leidschendam-Voorburg. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Postcodetool for 2264BM". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  6. ^ https://fd.nl/ondernemen/1190588/ballast-nedam-bouwt-overdekt-winkelcentrum-leidsenhage
  7. ^ http://www.stedenband-leidschendam-voorburg.eu/
  8. ^ 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica, Volume 12, Groen van Prinsterer, Guillaume retrieved 24 December 2019
  9. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 24 December 2019
  10. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 24 December 2019
  11. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 24 December 2019

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