Amsterdam and London are considered two of the most influential cities in all of Europe. However, travel to and from London has always proved somewhat complicated.
England, as an island nation, is usually reached by plane. Some trains travel from England to France, and there are a few underground tunnels that allow passage.
However, the newest development connecting London to the rest of Europe is a new Eurostar train. The train, which will have a fare of only forty euros, will connect Amsterdam to London.
So, when Londoners are feeling like they want to visit a coffee shop in Amsterdam, the trip will be much easier. Likewise, when the Dutch feel like seeing the Tower of London or Buckingham Palace, they’ll be just a train ride away.
The train will allow passengers to skip a mid-ride security check, as UK Border Force officials will be posted in both London and Amsterdam. When travelers arrive back to the UK from the Netherlands, they’ll be forced to quarantine for 14 days. This is simply to guarantee that travelers don’t spread COVID-19 after being out of the country.
To that point, Eurostar has promised that its trains are deep-cleaned between passengers departing and arriving. They have also promised that their new seating charts will keep passengers a safe distance apart to prevent the spread of the disease.
The train will be a huge draw for travelers, as it will allow passengers to go from London to Amsterdam in just four hours.
Priti Patel, the UK’s Home Secretary, stated that the opening of the new line was a huge moment for both countries. “This important treaty shows that while we have left the European Union, our links with Europe are stronger than ever,” she told reporters.
“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.”
The UK’s decision to leave the European Union was controversial, at best. Many member countries in the EU were disappointed that the UK moved so haphazardly to remove itself from the Union. Some have accused the UK of trying to have all the benefits of being part of the EU without paying their fair share into the infrastructure of the continent.
However, due to the UK’s financial power, it would be difficult for the EU to ignore them entirely.