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Direct Amsterdam to London train delayed until 2020, says Dutch minister

Staff Writer | February 7, 2018
The direct train service between Amsterdam and London will not start operations until 2020 because making deals about security and border controls are taking longer than expected, junior transport minister Stientje van Veldhoven told MPs.
Amsterdam to London train
Transportation   The provisions for border and baggage checks
Eurostar had hoped to start the four hour direct services between the two capitals last December but that was later delayed until this spring.

Now the direct service won’t start until 2020 because international agreements between the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Britain are taking more time, the minister said.

The threat of terrorism and migration streams make it essential that these talks are carried out extremely carefully, Van Veldhoven said.

Operational preparations will be completed in April and Eurostar is currently looking at when, and in what form, services will be introduced, Van Veldhoven said.

The provisions for border and baggage checks at Amsterdam and Rotterdam’s main stations are currently being built.

The talks should be completed by the end of 2019, allowing Eurostar and the NS to start the new service in 2020, the minister said.