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What will happen to the Leidseplein?


The Leidseplein is a transportation hub instead of a theater square, are complaining Americain, DeLaMar and City Theatre. The municipal theatre, the DeLaMar theatre and Americain are concerned about the new design of the Leidseplein. According to them the suddenly added tram stop at the Marnixstraat  not only assail the allure of the square, it also causes dangerous situations.

The tram stop is part of the variant like a windmill, with some stops are posted in every direction: one for de Balie, one for the terraces square, one for Leidsebrug and one in the Marnixstraat. This variant is pushed forward by the college on 27 January, after a final draft earlier was presented in which a tram stop in the Marnixstraat was missing. Reason for the adjustment is that starting from 2017 with the North/South line there is especially need for tram connections in East-west direction. The stop in the Marnixstraat must operate all those lines.

The construction affects the width of the sidewalks. Especially the sidewalk on the side of the DeLaMar Theatre, which is already not wide, is considerably narrower to win space for the stop. DeLaMar and the City Theatre are expecting problems with loading and unloading trucks for theatre productions. A test of the municipality would show that drivers can easily make the turn, but it now appears tha this was performed by a very experienced driver whom is not descisive.

Trams on the rozengracht

According to Director Edwin van Balken of the DeLaMar the new design makes it probably easy to come to the square, but less fun to be there. ‘ It makes from the Leidseplein more a transportation hub than a pleasant theater square. The goal the Marnixstraat including our theatre will be part of the theatre square Leidseplein is with this tram stop not feasible. ‘ Also Director Melle Daamen of the Municipal Theater is not happy with the changes. It is lacking in the design to allure, he finds.

Daamen would like to see the trams driving no longer on the Leidsestraat, but on the rozengracht. ‘ We now have those trams for our door. ‘ The municipality states that possibly hazardous situations be alleviated by moving the tram stop four feet further West. According to Van Balken of the DeLaMar that is a false solution. ‘ It’s probably the busiest tram stop from Amsterdam, which brings large traffic risks. ‘

Also the narrow pavement is a  big problem according to Van Balken. ‘ That affects at least fifteen hundred daily visitors of our theatre, especially in emergency situations. ‘

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