Disruption to Eurostar’s direct London-Amsterdam services has been reduced from 12 months to six months following months of negotiations.
The four daily services each way were due to be suspended for up to a year while work is undertaken on the Dutch Capital’s Centraal Station.
After intense discussions, it has now been confirmed that from June 2024, passengers travelling between Amsterdam and London will have to change trains at Brussels, adding about 35 minutes to the total journey time, which is currently 4 hours 15 minutes, but only for six months.
Gwendoline Cazenave, CEO of Eurostar Group, said: “We are pleased that the discussions have shortened the gap in services between Amsterdam and London from 12 to six months and we continue to work on reducing the inconvenience for passengers, local residents and the economy of Amsterdam and surrounding areas. It is very important that all the parties involved are responsible and supportive of each other to meet the deadlines.
“Our focus must now turn to how we can offer the best experience and journey connections for Eurostar customers in this period. As part of this work, we will still run services directly between London and Amsterdam one way as a minimum.
“We will be working collaboratively in the coming weeks to further mitigate the impacts for Eurostar and its customers over the six-month gap and more information will be made available in due course.”