GROUPE EUROTUNNEL SE: Launch of Eurostar London-Amsterdam Direct Service

10 February, 2018, 09:46 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
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There will be two trains per day departing at 0831 and 1731.

Amsterdam trains will offer a journey time of 3h 41min, with trains to Rotterdam taking 3h 1min, and a new record journey time of 1hr 48min to Brussels, a saving of 17 minutes.

Tickets will go on sale from February 20 on the Eurostar website.

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

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The programme aims to reduce the carbon footprint of all Eurostar services through a range of measures surrounding the responsible use of energy, reducing waste and plastics, and using sustainable products.

According to Dutch News, Eurostar revealed its direct London to Amsterdam train service will launch in April, but the travellers on the journey from Amsterdam to London will have to change trains in Brussels and go through a security check. Therefore the market is the same size as it was when the London-Paris train launched in 1994 and points out that, since then, the market for travel between London and Paris has more than doubled. The extension of services to Amsterdam, another key business and leisure destination, has always been an aim of Eurostar. These customers will see their journey time cut by 17 minutes as the time onboard is reduced from 2hr05 to 1hr48.

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 global high speed rail". 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 expects this will be completed by late 2019.

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