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Eurostar Launches Direct Journey Between London And Amsterdam

Eurostar Launches Direct Journey Between London And Amsterdam

Eurostar is launching direct journeys between London and Amsterdam.

A route from London to Amsterdam already exists on Eurostar but at the moment, passengers need to change at Brussels where they undergo security and passport checks.

However, now thanks to a change in border procedures, from 30 April travellers will be able to go direct to Amsterdam and from 18 May direct to Rotterdam.

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Eurostar chief executive Mike Cooper said: "Our services from the UK to the Netherlands have proved very popular with over half a million travellers since launch.

"Our fully direct service marks an exciting advance for high-speed rail and provides consumers with a comfortable, environmentally friendly alternative to the airlines on one of Europe's busiest leisure and business routes."

He added: "It's a huge market, 4.3 million air market at the moment. What's interesting is that there's a precise parallel to when we started Paris back in 1994, it was the same size air market, and look what's developed since.

"We think it's going to be a hugely credible alternative to flying and a sustainable alternative to flying as well."

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You can get tickets for the new direct journey starting from just £35; they'll be on sale from 11 February.

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Mark Smith, founder of Seat61.com, told PA: "Eurostar has been tackling one of the biggest air routes in Europe with one hand tied behind its back.

"Now they can go all-out for a large chunk of that air market."

The new route will offer a city centre to city centre journey in around four hours, according to the Independent. To begin with there will be two journeys 'most days' - one in the morning and one in the evening.

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The trips may prove popular with people who want to cut down on their carbon footprint by taking fewer flights.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: "We're continuing to invest in modern, efficient transport links with the continent so our businesses and tourism industry can flourish.

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"The days of passengers being forced to decamp from the train at Brussels to file through passport control will soon be over, as we look forward to direct, return, high-speed services to Amsterdam and beyond."

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Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]