Eurostar to launch London-Amsterdam link on April 4

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Channel Tunnel train operator Eurostar is launching direct services between London and Amsterdam. The service will operate twice daily, with departures from London at 8.31 am and 5.31 pm, and you can buy tickets from 20th February.

This connecting return journey will be a temporary measure whilst the governments in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands complete an agreement which will enable passport checks to be conducted on departure in The Netherlands as in other key Eurostar destinations.

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

"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".

"We're very excited", Eurostar Chief Executive Officer Nicolas Petrovic said in a phone interview.

Eurostar is the passenger train service that runs from London to Paris, Brussels and other destinations in France.

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.

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. Initially, this new service involves a change on the return journey, as getting back from A to B will mean a journey from Amsterdam to Brussels for passport checks before a connection to St. Pancras.

A deal between the British and Dutch governments should be in place by the end of 2019, Eurostar said. The company has captured more than 70 percent of the combined London-Paris air and train market, though journey times to the French capital are significantly shorter at two hours 15 minutes.

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