From January 2020, a Eurostar train will run directly from Amsterdam to London according to a Tuesday announcement by Dutch State Secretary Ankie Broekers-Knol.

Currently, a trip from Amsterdam to London takes 4 hours and 45 minutes with a transfer in Brussels, where border control for the United Kingdom is ongoing. The new route will bypass the transfer in Brussels and take up the border control procedures in Amsterdam, which “will shorten travel time considerably,” reportedly by about one hour.

Volkskrant reports, “The House of Representatives insisted on canceling the [Brussels] switch in order to better compete with flights from Schiphol to the British capital.” A train currently runs from Amsterdam to London 3 times per day, which has the same passenger capacity as twelve flights, according to Eurostar.

According to the Volkskrant, Broekers-Knol reached an agreement for the new route with Belgium, France, and Great Britain – the countries through which the Eurostar travels to London. Broekers-Knol did not provide an exact start date for the new Eurostar and he warned that the deal could still be impacted by Brexit.

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