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Eurostar announces London-Amsterdam route

Channel Tunnel train operator Eurostar is launching direct services between London and Amsterdam, says BBC.

Trains will run twice daily from April 4, with the journey from St Pancras to Amsterdam taking three hours and 41 minutes.

During initial period the Eurostar service will only run direct one-way, from London to the Dutch city.

Passengers travelling from Amsterdam to London will have to change at Brussels to clear passport controls.

Eurostar says the connection at Brussels is a temporary measure until the British and Dutch governments reach an agreement to allow passport checks to be conducted on departure in the Netherlands. It says this should be in place by the end of 2019.

The rail company will be running two services a day, departing at 08h31 and 17h31 respectively, with one-way fares starting at £35.

Eurostar also says the new service will cut the journey time between London and Brussels by 17 minutes to one hour and 48 minutes.

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