Tickets for Eurostar’s new direct high-speed rail service from London to Amsterdam went on sale on Thursday, after a last-minute IT glitch delayed plans for the unique launch on Tuesday afternoon.
The eagerly anticipated new route begins working on Wednesday four April, with fares from London to Rotterdam and Amsterdam beginning at £35 every approach. Tickets have been attributable to go on sale on 20 February and on the identical day as a particular high-profile inaugural service to the town. But in a tweet that night the company mentioned it had delayed the launch.
Update: we now anticipate the tickets for our Direct service to Rotterdam and Amsterdam to be accessible from Thursday 22nd, while we iron out a number of points. We recognise the curiosity within the new route & thanks all on your persistence.
The downside is believed to have concerned a Eurostar provider having a technical challenge with its reservation system however the delay was greeted with anger on Twitter by disillusioned would-be passengers. A Eurostar spokesperson confirmed on Thursday morning that the issues had been resolved and that tickets for its two each day companies had gone on sale.
More than four million passengers a 12 months fly between London and Amsterdam, making it one in all Europe’s busiest air routes. The cross-Channel rail operator will problem established airways on the route, together with British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair and can goal potential converts by saying a London-Amsterdam Eurostar journey emits 80% much less carbon than the equal flight.
Plans for the service have been first introduced in September 2013 however the begin date was topic to quite a few delays whereas immigration and passport controls have been agreed. These points imply direct companies returning to London won’t be in place till the tip of subsequent 12 months. Passengers travelling again to London from Amsterdam and Rotterdam will have to undergo passport management and safety screening in Brussels – including round an hour to the outward journey time – till the 2 governments full an settlement permitting passport checks to be performed within the Netherlands.
Tuesday’s inaugural practice from St Pancras International broke a pace file for the journey to Brussels (1hr 46minutes) earlier than persevering with on to Amsterdam by way of Rotterdam. The journey took 3hrs 41minutes, with the Eurostar travelling at speeds of as much as 300kp/h.