It’s official: no direct trains from the Netherlands to London for six months

Say 'doei' to Eurostar (for now)

From June 2024, the beloved Eurostar train line won’t run from the Netherlands to London for six months.

However, it will remain possible to take the train from London to the Netherlands.

Why? Well, a tricky thing called “passport control”.

The building that contains passport control at Amsterdam Central Station needs to be relocated during renovations — and can only be reopened in a new location in December 2024, reports the NOS.

When travelling from London to the Netherlands, the passport checks are completed in the UK — so that trip is safe (for now).

Logistical hiccups

That explains why it can’t leave from Amsterdam — but why can’t it continue running between Rotterdam and London?

Well, Rotterdam only has space for 150 passengers at passport control, which would leave up to 750 empty seats until the train reaches Brussels.

According to the company, that’s just not profitable.

Instead, travellers in the Netherlands who want to take the train to London will have to travel to Brussels first.

Research and criticisms

It was already announced that the Eurostar train line between London and the Netherlands could come to a halt for up to a year.

The NS, ProRail, and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management conducted extra research to try and solve the problem.

Helaas, no solution was found to keep trains running while Amsterdam’s station is under construction.

On the bright side, they managed to shorten the time without trains from 11 months down to six months.

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Katrien Nivera 🇵🇭
Katrien Nivera 🇵🇭
Third culture kid Katrien has been working as a writer and editor at DutchReview for over two years, originally moving to the Netherlands as a tween. Equipped with a Bachelor’s in communication and media and a Master’s in political communication, she’s here to stay for her passion for writing, whether it’s current Dutch affairs, the energy market, or universities. Just like the Dutch, Katrien lives by her agenda and enjoys the occasional frietje met mayo — she just wishes she could grow tall, too.


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