Frequently asked questions about the Kijkduin-Houtrust route roadworks

Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions.

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Design

  • How were the residents consulted on the new design?

    The municipality compiled the draft renovation design in consultation with members of the NWHR think tank. The think tank comprised members of the neighbourhood councils, residents and the Fietsersbond (cyclists’ union). They were invited at an early stage to brainstorm about the new design. They then submitted an advisory report to the municipality. The redesign plans are based on this advisory report.

  • Why are the Machiel Vrijenhoeklaan and Segbroeklaan being narrowed and what are the advantages of the new design?

    It will become safer to cross the road if the Machiel Vrijenhoeklaan and Segbroeklaan are narrowed. The current and future traffic situation allows for the roads to be narrowed. The roundabouts in the new configuration will allow a good flow of traffic.

    Roundabouts will be placed at the intersections with the De Savornin Lohmanlaan, the Daal en Bergselaan and the Kwartellaan, where the Sportlaan turns into the Segbroeklaan. The Sportlaan will get an access road on the side of the road with houses. This will create a safe route for cyclists. This access road will also be used by cars going to and from the driveways, side streets and parking spaces. This will separate neighbourhood traffic from through traffic.

  • Will the new design not cause congestion?

    The roundabouts will ensure a good flow of traffic. There will also be enough space at the traffic lights. But congestion can arise in the new situation too, especially during rush hour, just as is the case now.

  • Will the Sportlaan still have bicycle lanes?

    Cyclists biking towards the city centre will get a separate cycle path along the Sportlaan on the green zone (Haagse Beek) side. An access road will be constructed on the side of the road with houses. Cyclists will be to bike here, separated from the main road.

  • What will happen to the traffic lights at the intersections of the Machiel Vrijenhoeklaan and the De Savornin Lohmanlaan and the Daal en Bergselaan?

    A roundabout will be built at the intersection of the Machiel Vrijenhoeklaan with the De Savornin Lohmanlaan. This will improve the traffic flow, make it easier to cross the road and improve road safety.

    Roundabouts will also be constructed at the intersections between the Kwartellaan and the Daal en Bergselaan with the Sportlaan. This will improve the traffic flow and it safer to cross the road safer. Just as is the case now, traffic from Kijkduin may not drive onto the narrow part of the Sportlaan. The bus however may take this route.

  • Why can’t the situation stay as it is?

    To address the bottlenecks which emerged from the residents’ advisory report, action had to be taken: narrowing the road, making it safe to cross the road, the addition of a central reservation and improving the intersections.

  • What will be done with the green zone around the Haagse Beek?

    The green zone around the Haagse Beek (by the Sportlaan between the De Savornin Lohmanlaan and Daal en Bergselaan) will get a new design. This work will be carried out in 2019, once the new design for the Kijkduin-Houtrust route is complete.

  • Will the municipality cut down trees along the Kijkduin-Houtrust route?

    Trees will be cut down on the Machiel Vrijenhoeklaan and the Sportlaan. But more trees will be planted in their place. The municipality will move the 4 imposing elms to the green zone on the other side of the road.

    The municipality will plant the largest possible trees. The trees that will be planted have a diameter of 20-25 centimetres and can grow taller than 12 metres.

  • Can the roadworks not wait until after the summer?

    The roadworks will last longer than a year. The planning takes events and accessibility into account so that there will be as few disruptions to the city as possible. The beaches will remain accessible via the diversion routes.

    The work will take too long to be done entirely outside the beach season. Also because the work will last even longer than that.

Disruption and accessibility

  • How much traffic disruption will the city experience?

    The Kijkduin-Houtrust route is a busy route used by about 20,000 vehicles each day. It is unavoidable that the roadworks will disrupt traffic. Road users in the immediate vicinity will face road closures and extra busy roads. Elsewhere in The Hague too, the volume of traffic will increase. Diverted traffic will make some already busy roads in The Hague even busier. The volume of traffic will increase on the Laan van Meerdervoort, the Goudenregenstraat, the Escamplaan and the De Savornin Lohmanlaan. The extra travel time during rush hour traffic can increase by up to half an hour.

  • What can road users themselves do?

    The most important step is that people are prepared before starting their journey. For more information, diversion routes and real-time delays, see www.kijkduinhoutrust.nl.

    Take the bicycle instead of the car whenever you can, try to avoid rush hour traffic and follow the instructions on the electronic road signs along the road. These will indicate the fastest route.

    An app containing the real-time delays will be available at the end of March. You will also receive an alert in the event of changed situations such as extra delays caused by a breakdown or accident.

  • Will I still be able to get to my house?

    The municipality will make sure that houses and businesses will remain accessible. However, work is being done in front of your house, you will only be able to reach your house on foot.

    Special circumstances such as moving house can be accommodated. Contact the municipality on a special telephone number. This telephone number will be shared with residents and businesses once the roadworks start in their immediate vicinity.

    Emergency services will always have access to your house. Diversion routes will be stipulated for every neighbourhood. These will be shared with the residents and will be placed on www.kijkduinhoutrust.nl. The information is also available on the social media channels.

  • Will I still be able to park on my property?

    There is a chance that the access to your own parking place be temporarily unavailable. You can then only reach your house on foot. You will get information about this.

  • Will public transport still be operating?

    Yes. HTM buses 23 and 24 will operate a different route during Parts 1 and 2. These changes will be announced before they take effect. The temporary bus stops are listed on www.kijkduinhoutrust.nl and www.htm.nl.

For more information see www.kijkduinhoutrust.nl

Published: 23 March 2018Modified: 5 April 2018