Eurostar to connect London and Amsterdam
Eurostar, the railway connecting London with mainland Europe has confirmed that it will launch a direct service to Amsterdam in spring of 2018. This comes as part of an overall enhancement plan to the company, which has been operating since 1994.
Primarily known for its route from London to Paris, through the Channel tunnel, the first of its kind in Europe, Eurostar also transports passengers to Brussels, Disneyland Paris, Lille, Marseille and now Amsterdam. With a change in Paris, Brussels or Lille, travellers can connect to over 100 European destinations.
The company is constructing its own small station in Amsterdam, which will be connected to the main station. The train will run along a route that travels to Brussels as an extension from the Belgian capital with no need to change. Passengers will be able to travel anywhere else in the Netherlands free of charge within 24 hours of arrival in Amsterdam. That is also true for Brussels arrivals and rail travel within Belgium.
In addition to the new Amsterdam route, the company’s new fleet is 75 percent deployed, with modern, wider and higher cars – giving a real impression of space.
Eurostar's origins can be traced back to 1994, when the tunnel between London and Paris was first opened. Its financial performance, however, never matched the expectations governments placed on it. In 2015, the UK sold its 40% stake in the project for £757m, 4 times less than it had put into it. The company is now jointly owned by France and Quebec.
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