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Eurostar is launching service from London to Amsterdam

Eurostar is launching service from London to Amsterdam

But there's one hitch in the company's current plans: The trip from London to Amsterdam will be direct, but passengers traveling in the opposite direction will have to change trains in Brussels to go through passport and security screening.

Extensive preparations have been taking place in advance of the service with comprehensive testing on the new Dutch high-speed network now being finalised. It says the market for travel between London and Paris has more than doubled as passenger increasingly choose high-speed rail over the plane. 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.

Eurostar is opening a direct high-speed train route between London and Amsterdam this spring, the rail company announced Friday.

There will be only two trains a day from the UK. Fares start at £35 for a one-way ticket.

Says Nicolas Petrovic, Chief Executive of Eurostar, "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".

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"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", Nicolas Petrovic, Eurostar chief executive, 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.

Trains will depart twice a day at 8.31am and 5.31pm, going through Brussels and Rotterdam before arriving in Amsterdam. Eurostar expects this will be completed by late 2019.

A new link has been built, reducing the London to Brussels journey time by 17 minutes to one hour 48.


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