Eurostar announces London to Amsterdam service

Eurostar launches new London-Amsterdam service

The launch of the new London-Amsterdam service, with two trains per day, will set a new travel-time record for the London-Brussels leg, Eurostar said.

Eurostar's expansion of services is seen by some as a direct competition to go up against flights which are already highly competitive with airlines in constant price wars to gain customers.

Eurostar describes the potential for the new London - Amsterdam service as "significant" and compares the four million annual passengers travelling by air between the two cities with the London - Paris air market at the launch of Eurostar's service in 1994.

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Return passengers will continue to use Thalys services from the Netherlands to connect with Eurostar in Brussels where security checks will take place, adding an extra hour to the journey.

About 4 million people now travel between London and Amsterdam by air, and Eurostar said it's targeting a significant share of that market.

The direct train will also stop at Rotterdam. The extension of services to Amsterdam, another key business and leisure destination, has always been an aim of Eurostar.

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Eurostar's chief executive, Nicolas Petrovic, said: "The launch of our service to the Netherlands represents an exciting advance in cross-Channel travel and heralds a new era in worldwide high speed rail".

"With direct services from the United Kingdom to The Netherlands, France and Belgium, we are transforming the links between the United Kingdom and three of Europe's top trading nations".

But Eurostar is working on solving the issue, they said: "The UK and Netherlands governments are both working hard to find an agreement that will allow us to check travellers' passports before departure from the Netherlands". Eurostar expects this will be completed by late 2019.

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