Eurostar has signed an agreement with the Dutch railways to launch direct services between London and Amsterdam from December 2016. The deal for the high speed line is due to be ratified by the Dutch Parliament over the coming months.
Eurostar plans to run two services a day between London and Amsterdam with journey times of around four hours.
The French authorities have shut the A16 leading to the port of Calais and Eurotunnel. This will cause major delays to freight. Eurostar has suspended passenger services between Britain and France because of the weather. Lines in France are blocked by snow.
The company is advising passengers with tickets for today not to go to Ashford International or St Pancras, they say refunds will be paid.
The Olympics, Paralympics and a fluctuating pound/euro exchange rate hit sales revenues in quarter three but Eurostar remain positive. For the year to date, passenger numbers were up from 7.3 million to 7.4 million with sales revenues down 1% to £612 million this year from £619 million in 2011.
"We have had an inspiring and rewarding summer bringing athletes and spectators from around the world to the Olympic Games. Whilst many corporate clients and business customers decided to steer clear of London during the Games, we nonetheless delivered a solid performance. Looking ahead to the end of the year, the outlook is strong. Bookings have bounced back and we are now seeing a return to more typical travel patterns."