Eurostar is starting its direct Netherlands to London service later this year. However, there will be a new agreement on border procedures.
However, services from London to Amsterdam were at a halt. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and will resume on Thursday, 9 July.
Though there is a direct London to Netherlands Eurostar route. But the passengers returning have to stop in Brussels for security checks.
The Home Office has said that they will be arranging officials from the UK Border Force at stations in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. So they can do the security checking before boarding the passengers. However, it is already happening in France and Belgium.
This new plan by the countries of border checks will be now feasible. As there was an existing agreement between the UK, France, and Belgium since 1993. However, now the agreement is being modified to include the Netherlands.
Signing the Treaty
The agreement was signed by representatives of all four countries at a ceremony in Brussels on Tuesday, July 7.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “This important treaty shows that, while we have left the European Union, our links with Europe are stronger than ever.”
In addition, she said, “It will enable vital security and immigration checks to be carried out in the Netherlands. Protecting the UK’s border and providing faster and more efficient journeys for passengers.”
A spokesperson for Eurostar said, “This is a great milestone which allows us to progress our plans to introduce direct services from the Netherlands to the UK later this year. We will update as soon as possible when we are able to put tickets on sale and confirm a start date.”
The signing of the treaties was a part of the schedule before the starting of direct trains from the Netherlands to London. But the pandemic was responsible for the delay in the launch.
However, outbound services from London will resume on Thursday. Also, there will be direct trains to London starting from the end of this year.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “As we begin to emerge from one of the greatest international challenges of our time. We’re working hard to support the recovery of international transport and tourism sectors.”
“Investment in modern, convenient, and more environmentally friendly high-speed rail links between major European cities will help drive this recovery so these sectors can flourish once again.”
The Dutch state secretary for infrastructure, Stientje van Veldhoven, said: “The new direct train service enables us to travel from Amsterdam to London in just over four hours.
“It’s fast and convenient, and without the hassle of disembarking in Brussels for border and security checks.”