Eurostar launches London-Amsterdam service

Eurostar trains at St Pancras International Station in London

Eurostar trains stand at St Pancras International Station in London

Return passengers will continue to use Thalys services from the Netherlands to connect with Eurostar in Brussels where security checks will take place, adding an extra hour to the journey.

The train will also stop at Rotterdam.

The two Amsterdam departures from London - set for 8:01 a.m. and 5:31 p.m. daily - aim to bite into the 4 million air journeys between the two cities each year. While passengers still have to change at Brussels, there are ten trains running from there to London each day.

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Nicolas Petrovic, chief executive of Eurostar (massive LAD), 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".

Train travel between London and Amsterdam now takes between four hours 30 minutes and five hours, with one change at Brussels-Midi/Zuid station. 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. Eurostar expects this will be completed by late 2019.

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