Eurostar Amsterdam-to-London services to be suspended.
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Eurostar Amsterdam-to-London services to be suspended.

From June next year, Eurostar services between the Netherlands and London will be suspended for a period of six months.

It has been announced that officials will not be able to process cross-Channel passengers until 2025 as a result of renovation work in Amsterdam.

The passengers who are traveling from Amsterdam and Rotterdam to London will be required to change trains in Brussels in order to reach London.

There will continue to be outbound travel between London and the Netherlands, according to Eurostar.

After months of negotiations between the Dutch government, the local railway operator and Eurostar over the renovations that will be made to Amsterdam’s central station, the parties have not been able to reach a satisfactory agreement.

It is anticipated that there will be not enough space in the station to process passengers bound for London, who will need to go through more extensive security and passport checks than passengers bound for the Netherlands and neighbouring countries.

When Eurostar was contacted for a comment, they did not clarify why the works in Amsterdam would prevent passengers from boarding in Rotterdam.

In the course of their route, four trains operate daily between London and Amsterdam, stopping in Brussels and Rotterdam along the way.

In October 2020, the London-Amsterdam connection will be launched in its entirety.

As a result, the disruption period has been reduced from 12 months to 6 months, instead of the 12 months initially expected, Eurostar announced in a statement.

There have been a number of Eurostar connections suspended during the past few months, including the link between the Netherlands and the UK, after the company is struggling to cope with growing challenges, such as post-Brexit border checks and staff shortages.