Eurostar to Add Amsterdam in April in Biggest Network Expansion

Oscar Cross
February 12, 2018

A return trip won't be quite so smooth though, as passengers will have to change at Brussels, where they'll go through security and passport control, before returning to London.

Eurostar's about to buck the trend and make our connections with Europe a little bit stronger, with a direct high-speed service from London to Amsterdam - on a bloody train that goes under the sea, lest we forget to be excited about this bit of 1980s/1990s engineering - starting in April.

London-based Eurostar runs high speed trains carrying passengers through the Channel tunnel, which is operated by Eurotunnel.

"The launch of our service to the Netherlands represents an exciting advance in cross-Channel travel and heralds a new era in global high speed rail". However, Eurostar says this will be a temporary process while the governments of the United Kingdom and Netherlands negotiate an agreement to enable passport checks to be carried out in the Netherlands.

"We're very excited", Eurostar Chief Executive Officer Nicolas Petrovic said in a phone interview. It will target potential converts by saying a London-Amsterdam Eurostar journey emits 80% less carbonthan the equivalent flight. For the first time, passengers will be able to travel from St Pancras in the heart of London direct to the Netherlands at a speed of 300 kph in just three hours.

A new rail service is set to whiz passengers from London direct to Europe's own Sin City: Amsterdam. The governments have committed to putting the agreement in place by 2019 while Netherlands Railways (NS) and Eurostar are also in talks to introduce a third service between the two capitals in 2019. The company said that travel to Brussels will now be even faster with the new route too, only taking one hour and 48 minutes, instead of two hours and five minutes.

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