Eurostar launches London-Amsterdam route

Channel Tunnel practice operator Eurostar is launching direct providers between London and Amsterdam.

Trains will run twice each day from four April, with the journey from St Pancras to Amsterdam taking three hours and 41 minutes.

However for an preliminary interval, the Eurostar service will solely run direct one-way, from London to the Dutch metropolis.

Passengers travelling from Amsterdam to London must change at Brussels to clear passport controls.

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Eurostar says the connection at Brussels is a short lived measure till the British and Dutch governments attain an settlement to permit passport checks to be carried out on departure within the Netherlands. It says this ought to be in place by the top of 2019.

Evaluation: Victoria Fritz, BBC transport correspondent

It has been a very long time coming, however lastly passengers could have the choice of travelling between the UK and the Netherlands direct by rail.

The German operator Deutsche Bahn introduced after which cancelled a hyperlink between the UK and Dutch capitals 5 years in the past. Since then, Eurostar’s efforts have been tormented by technical and bureaucratic set-backs.

Uptake is prone to be small, not less than at first. While Brits are accustomed to worldwide practice journey, the Eurostar model might be a lot newer to these on the opposite finish of the road.

There might be solely two trains a day from the UK. That compares to 70 direct flights each day from London to Amsterdam, for instance.

Though Eurostar can not compete on flexibility of journey, the practice firm is placing itself in direct competitors with the airways on worth. Fares begin at £35 for a one-way ticket.

There might be these, notably enterprise travellers, who would favor entry to energy sockets, free wifi and room to work on a practice over the retail extravaganza of recent airports.

Sport-changing might be de-wrinkling the passport controls course of on the return leg. Problem-free, linked journey is a luxurious many might be ready to pay handsomely for.

‘Historic milestone’

The rail firm might be operating two providers a day, departing at 08:31 and 17:31 respectively, with one-way fares beginning at £35.

Eurostar additionally says the brand new service will minimize the journey time between London and Brussels by 17 minutes to 1 hour and 48 minutes.

“The launch of the London to Amsterdam service marks a historic milestone within the growth of worldwide high-speed rail journey, revolutionising the connection between these necessary locations,” the corporate stated.

It says greater than 4 million passengers journey between London and Amsterdam by air annually and subsequently the market is similar dimension because it was when the London-Paris providers launched in 1994.

It factors out that since then, the marketplace for journey between London and Paris has greater than doubled.

Revealed at Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:19:03 +0000