Eurostar has declared that its new immediate route from London to Amsterdam will launch on Wednesday, April 4th.
Tickets will go on sale from February 20th, when the inaugural assistance will get area.
The launch of the London to Amsterdam assistance marks a historic milestone in the enlargement of international higher-pace rail vacation, revolutionising the connection in between these crucial locations.
For the first time, travellers will be equipped to vacation from St Pancras in the coronary heart of London immediate to the Netherlands at a pace of three hundred kph in just a few several hours.
With above four million travellers travelling by air each year in between London and Amsterdam, the industry is the exact same dimensions as the London to Paris industry at the time of Eurostar’s launch of assistance in 1994.
About the previous twenty-a few a long time, the industry for vacation in between London and Paris has more than doubled as buyers progressively pick out higher pace rail above plane.
As the Netherlands grows in recognition as a important business and tourism hub, the probable for the new assistance and the overall industry is major.
Nicolas Petrovic, chief government, Eurostar, said: “The launch of our assistance to the Netherlands represents an exciting advance in cross-Channel vacation and heralds a new period in international higher-pace rail.
“With immediate services from the Uk to The Netherlands, France and Belgium, we are reworking the back links in between the Uk and a few of Europe’s prime investing nations.
“Our new route marks the culmination of the intensive financial commitment in higher pace rail on both equally sides of the Channel.
“With £1 billion financial commitment in our new state-of the art trains and enhanced connectivity on the European network travellers can now delight in rapidly, seamless rail connections in between the Uk and mainland Europe and a remodeled vacation knowledge.”
The new assistance will be released with two trains a working day departing at 08.31 and seventeen.31 respectively.
Throughout the preliminary period, travellers will vacation immediate from London to Amsterdam and Rotterdam and on the return journey will join by Brussels where passport controls and protection screening will be carried out.
This connecting return journey will be a short term evaluate whilst the governments in the Uk and The Netherlands comprehensive an agreement which will allow passport checks to be done on departure in The Netherlands as in other important Eurostar locations.
The governments have fully commited to putting this agreement in area by the conclude of 2019 so that Eurostar travellers can then delight in a immediate assistance in both equally directions.