Preparations are almost complete at Rotterdam Centraal and Amsterdam Centraal stations for the launch of Eurostar’s new service to the Netherlands.
On February 20, Global Rail News travelled on the inaugural trip. The service did not stop for passengers to disembark in Rotterdam but guests were given the opportunity to look around Eurostar’s new terminal in Amsterdam.
Work is still taking place in the lounge but passengers were given a sneak peek ahead of the service launch.
The terminal sits on Platform 15 and overlooks the IJ, Amsterdam’s waterfront.
Immediately upon entering the building, passengers will head past one of two immigration booths and one of two lanes for x-ray machines on the left hand side, but fittings for these won’t be installed until the juxtaposed controls are in place in 2019.
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Take a look around Eurostar’s new terminal at Amsterdam Centraal station
When the service launches on April 4, with stops at Rotterdam and Brussels Midi, a direct route will operate from London-Amsterdam but not on the return leg.
Due to agreements yet to be reached between the governments of the UK and the Netherlands, passengers have to stop in Brussels where passport and security checks will take place, rather than them taking place in the Dutch capital.
A walk further down the 600m sq terminal reveals the waiting area with standing tables and seated areas, some with charging points, to the right hand side behind a dividing wall. There will be no Business Premier lounge due to space restrictions.
Meanwhile, at Rotterdam Centraal station, VolkerRail has been working on Platform 1, extending it by 4m and removing track 1 in the process in preparation for larger passenger numbers. This work will run until March 26.
Passport control facilities will also be installed on the platform, including security cameras and dynamic screening.