posted on 4th Apr 2019 14:25
Eurostar is celebrating its first year of direct services from London to the Netherlands. Since launching in April 2018, over quarter of a million people have travelled from London to Amsterdam, the equivalent of more than 1,000 plane loads (based on an A320 with 220 passenger). With a Eurostar journey from between the capital cities resulting in 80 % less carbon per passenger than a flight, over 13,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions have been saved to date by passengers choosing high-speed rail over plane. This is the equivalent to the amount of CO2 that would be emitted from 1,000 average houses in a year, or to taking 2,549 cars off the road for a year.
Eurostar will introduce a third daily service from 11th June 2019, in direct response to consumer demand. This will increase capacity on the route to the equivalent of 12 flights per day. This is based on Eurostar e320 carrying 450 passengers per train to and from Amsterdam (half a train) across three services a day, compared to an A320 aeroplane carrying 220 passengers. Since the new service began, Eurostar travellers have also embraced many of the Dutch specialities served on board, enjoying over 10,000 apple turnovers, nearly 3,000 portions of Gouda cheese, over 5,600 locally produced chocolates, and over 2,000 Stroopwafel.
The high-speed rail service has transformed the connection between London and the Netherlands, taking passengers from the heart of London to the centre of Rotterdam in just 3h01, and Amsterdam in 3h41 with highly competitive fares from £35 one way.