NS notifies ACM of expansion of Eurostar train service


Dutch rail undertaking NS Internationaal B.V. has notified the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) of its plans to expand its international train service between Amsterdam/Rotterdam and London St Pancras station.

NS plans to launch an additional train service between Amsterdam Centraal/Rotterdam Centraal and London St Pancras stations in 2019. This service will be operated in cooperation with Eurostar International Ltd. Parties directly involved may request ACM to assess the planned expansion of the international train service. Such parties have until November 21 to file such a request.

What is the reason for this notification?

As part of its concession, NS has been granted approval for the operation of two daily international train services between Amsterdam Centraal and Londen St Pancras stations. If NS wants to operate additional train services or wishes to make additional stops along the route, NS or Eurostar will have to notify ACM of such plans. Should parties that are directly involved ask ACM to carry out an assessment, ACM will then assess whether the main objective of the new train service is indeed international transport. ACM will additionally assess whether the new service does not disrupt the economic equilibrium of other transport concessions.

What frequency and capacity does the new train service have?

The notification details an expansion of the current Eurostar service of two trains per workday in both directions to three trains per workday in both directions. The third train service would also run on several holidays. The train service links Amsterdam Centraal station with London St Pancras station, and makes stops at Rotterdam Centraal and Brussels South stations.