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Eurostar to launch London - Amsterdam service on April 4

Eurostar to launch London - Amsterdam service on April 4

During the initial period, passengers will travel direct from London to Amsterdam and Rotterdam and on the return journey will connect through Brussels where passport controls and security screening will be carried out.

"The launch of the London to Amsterdam service marks a historic milestone in the expansion of global high-speed rail travel, revolutionising the connection between these important destinations", the company said.

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

When Eurostar launched direct service from London to Amsterdam in April, ticket costs will start at €40.

Nicolas Petrovic, CEO of Eurostar, commented: "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.

The new high-speed rail route is created to compete with airline journeys to the Netherlands, by undercutting total prices, emissions and time spent on airline travel. Over four million passengers travel by air between London and Amsterdam every year, and Eurostar clearly plans to cut itself a wedge of the transcontinental action.

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Ahead of the start of services on April 4, an inaugural service will run on February 20.

Dutch services will commence with two departures a day from London St. Pancras, at 8:31 a.m and 5:31 p.m., Eurostar said in a statement.

The rail company will be running two services a day, departing at 08:31 and 17:31 respectively, with one-way fares starting at £35.

It points out that since then, the market for travel between London and Paris has more than doubled.

A deal between the British and Dutch governments should be in place by the end of 2019, Eurostar said.


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