Eurostar records 250,000 passengers in first year of London-Amsterdam route

More than a quarter of a million people have travelled from London to Amsterdam on Eurostar trains since the route was launched one year ago, the firm said.

Travellers have enjoyed Dutch specialities on board, including around 10,000 apple turnovers, 3,000 portions of Gouda cheese, 5,600 Dutch chocolates and 2,000 stroopwafels.

The cross-Channel rail operator calculated that more than 13,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions have been saved by passengers choosing the train instead of flying from London to Amsterdam.

To meet demand, a third direct daily service from London will be introduced from June 11.

There are plans to run four trains a day once the UK and Dutch Governments complete an agreement to allow border screening on departure in the Netherlands, as happens in Paris and Brussels.

Eurostar chief executive Mike Cooper said: “Our new service linking London with the Netherlands has got off to a great start, with sales beyond our expectations.

“We look forward to offering both business and leisure travellers more choice and flexibility with a higher frequency of services coming this year.”

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