Direct Eurostar train services from Amsterdam to London will be suspended for six months when part of the Dutch capital’s main railway station is closed for maintenance next year.
The direct service will stop in July because the special terminal for passport and security checks will no longer be accessible. London to Amsterdam direct trains will, however, continue.
Eurostar reacted furiously when the Dutch government in June said no trains would be possible for 11 months, but now says it accepts a final decision has been made.
“Eurostar has always aimed to find a solution that would have the least possible impact on customers, the environment and its business,” said chief executive Gwendoline Cazenave.
“We continue to work on reducing the inconvenience for passengers, local residents and the economy of Amsterdam and surrounding areas. All the parties involved must be responsible and supportive of each other to meet the deadlines.”
Eurostar will still run direct services from London to Amsterdam and is looking at “other measures” to make sure it can still offer Amsterdam to London trains, albeit in a different form.
A spokesman told Dutch News that the company is working with “all its stakeholders” and will make more details known when they are available.
Eurostar started offering direct services from Amsterdam to London in 2020, following the completion of a special terminal at the main railway station.
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