Eurostar has signed an agreement with the Dutch railways to launch direct services between London and Amsterdam from December 2016.
The service will feature the company’s new e320 trains which will be interoperable and will be compatible with the Dutch high-speed signalling systems.
The London-Amsterdam route is the largest, international airline market in Europe, attracting more than three million business and leisure passengers.
The company plans to run two services daily between London and Amsterdam with journey times of around four hours.
The services will run via Brussels to Amsterdam, stopping at Antwerp, Rotterdam, Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Centraal. In addition to providing a direct high-speed link between the UK and the Netherlands, the service will also enhance the scope for customers to connect to a range of destinations in mainland Europe.