Eurostar Plans Amsterdam Train Service

Cross-border rail operator Eurostar has confirmed plans to launch train services between London and Amsterdam from December 2016, with the announcement of the signing of an agreement with the Dutch government and Dutch national passenger operator NS.


2 services a day would be operated using Eurostar’s new Siemens Velaro e320 trains, which are currently under development and due to enter service in 2015. While schedules are not yet available, journey times to Amsterdam’s Centraal Station will be approximately 4 hours from London St. Pancras. Enroute, the trains will stop at Brussels, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Schiphol Airport.


The announcement marks a step forward for European express rail travel, but operational issues are still required to be resolved. Under existing regulations, the UK Border Agency mandates that a secure area for immigration and baggage screening must be provided at the origin stations for inbound journeys, which will require such a facility to be established at Amsterdam Centraal.


The London-Amsterdam sector is the busiest air route in the continent, attracting over 3 million business and leisure travellers each year. Eurostar will be looking to capture a significant portion of the market as it signals ambitions to widen its network beyond existing destinations and compete against the airlines on short haul sectors.


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