Nearing construction activities throw doubts on Eurostar departures from Amsterdam
Construction efforts at Amsterdam Central Station in the Netherlands might put a stop to Eurostar departures to London, state secretary for infrastructure and water management Vivianne Heijen said in a letter to parliament on Wednesday.
From 2024 onwards, work will ongoing at Amsterdam Central Station to make the necessary adjustments in order to facilitate the so-called high-frequency rail programme (PHS). This means that from January 1st, there will no longer be any room for the Eurostar lounge and the required security and passport control area. These facilities likely cannot be moved, as an alternative location is not readily available.
According to Heijnen, a move might only become possible when the third platform of the Zuidasdok project is delivered on the southern edge of Amsterdam’s inner city area. The completion date of the platform is tentatively scheduled for 2036. It will not be until 2027 before more details regarding the planning stage will be available.
Heijnen acknowledges that a suspension of daily departures from Amsterdam would be “unacceptable”, as a direct Eurostar connection from the Dutch capitol to London is a key element in making the transition from short-distance flight to high-speed rail. In her letter to parliament, the state secretary said she would impress the importance of Eurostar upon infrastructure manager ProRail and Dutch Railways in a bid to find a solution.
One of the ideas being floated is a temporary location, although Heijnen was not able to provide additional details yet.
This article first appeared on SpoorPro, the Dutch sister publication of RailTech.com
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