Eurostar’s direct London-Amsterdam tickets on sale after IT hold-up

Technical issues with a reservation system appear to be behind two-day delay that prevented rail customers from booking tickets for the new route, which is due to start in April

Tickets for Eurostar’s new direct high-speed rail service from London to Amsterdam went on sale on Thursday, after a last-minute IT glitch delayed plans for the original launch on Tuesday afternoon.

The eagerly anticipated new route starts running on Wednesday 4 April, with fares from London to Rotterdam and Amsterdam starting at £35 each way. Tickets were due to go on sale on 20 February and on the same day as a special high-profile inaugural service to the city. But in a tweet that evening the company said it had delayed the launch.

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