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DESCRIPTION
Rotterdam metro network is currently articulated in 5 lines: Line A, Line B, Line C, Line D, Line E/Randstadrail.
The first section of the current Line D opened in 1968 (Centraal Station-Zuidplein) and it was extended in 1970, 1974, 1985 and 1997. Line D currently runs from Centraal Station to De Akkers; it shares part of the track with Line C (Tussenwater-De Akkers) and with Line E (Centraal Station-Slinge). Line D (as well as Line E) interchanges with Lines A, B and C at Buers stop.
The first section of the current Line A opened in 1982 (Coolhaven-Capelsebrug) and it was extended in 1983 and 1986. Line A currently runs from Binnenhof to Schiedam Centrum (Line A); it shares part of the track with Line B and Line C (Capelsebrug-Schiedam Centrum).
The first section of the current Line B opened in 1982 (Coolhaven-Capelsebrug common section, see Line A) and it was extended in 1984, 1986 and 2005; Line B currently runs from Nesselande and Schiedam Centrum.
The first section of the current Line C opened in 1982 (Coolhaven-Capelsebrug common section, see Lines A, B) and it was extended in 1994 and 2002; Line C currently runs from De Terp to De Akkers.
The first section of the current Line D opened in 1982 (Coolhaven-Capelsebrug common section, see Lines A, B) and it was extended in 1994 and 2002; Line C currently runs from De Terp to De Akkers.
The first sections of Line E/Randstadrail opened on October-November 2006, even if some technical problems (derailements) caused a temporary partial interruption and limitation of the service. This line links Rotterdam, The Hague and Zoetemeer, partially reusing 2 existing railways tracks (The Hague-Zoetermeer and The Hague-Pijnacker-Rotterdam); in Rotterdam the exixting railway alignment is connected to the metro track by a tunnel section wich runs from Centraal Station (south) to Blijdorp new underground station (north). Line E offers a direct interchange with The Hague tram system and with the others Rotterdam metro lines; as said before, it partly reuses existing rail tracks and infrastructures that are disconnected from the national railway system, without any real metro/train track-sharing operation.
(last modified February 19, 2017 )
HISTORY
datesection nameline
10-05-1982Coolhaven-CapelsebrugLine A
28-05-1983Capelsebrug-Ommoord BinnenhofLine A
25-04-1986Coolhaven-MarconipleinLine A
10-05-1982Coolhaven-CapelsebrugLine B
19-04-1984Graskruid-Zevenkamp De TochtenLine B
25-04-1986Coolhaven-MarconipleinLine B
29-08-2005Zevenkamp De Tochten-NesselandeLine B
10-05-1982Coolhaven-CapelsebrugLine C
26-05-1994Capelsebrug-Capelle a/d IJssel De TerpLine C
04-11-2002Marconiplein-Tussenwater-Spijkenisse De AkkersLine C
09-02-1968Centraal Station-ZuidpleinLine D
25-11-1970Zuidplein-SlingeLine D
25-10-1974Slinge-ZalmplaatLine D
25-04-1985Zalmplaat-Spijkenisse De AkkersLine D
04-06-1997Wilhelminaplein station addedLine D
29-10-2006Den Haag Westeinde-Zoetermeer Centrum West;Den Haag Monstersestraat-Zoetermeer OosterheemLine E/Randstadrail
12-11-2006Rotterdam Hofplein-NootdorpLine E/Randstadrail
03-09-2007Nootdorp-Den Haag CentraalLine E/Randstadrail
12-05-2010Wilgenplas closedLine E/Randstadrail
17-05-2010Meijersplein addedLine E/Randstadrail
17-08-2010Melanchthonweg-Rotterdam Centraal;Melanchthonweg-Rotterdam Hofplein closedLine E/Randstadrail
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TECHNICAL DATA
Single line length (Km)
Line A:17.2
Line B:20.1
Line C:30
Line D:21
Line E:27
Single line stops
Line A:20
Line B:23
Line C:26
Line D:17
Line E:23
Single line avg. distance (km)
Line A:0.9
Line B:0.9
Line C:1.2
Line D:1.3
Line E:1.25
Total track length (km)
78.3
Total network stops
62
Avg. stop net distance (km)
1.3
Type
steel wheels
Current/Voltage
750 V DC by third rail
Type of guide/gauge
standard gauge rails (1435 mm)
Vehicles builder
DUEWAG,BOMBARDIER
Model
serie 5200,serie 5300,serie 5400,serie 5500,serie 5600
Operator
RET
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