While direct trains from London St Pancras to Amsterdam are unlikely to commence running before 2018, Dexters share the optimism of Seat Sixty-One's Mark Smith for a variety of reasons.
Now more than ever, it's important to demonstrate that London is open to the rest of Europe and beyond. Extending the Eurostar line into a third country beyond Belgium and France certainly does that.
It's also vital that business travellers can go directly from one major city centre to another. So with Eurostar tickets now just a fraction of the price of a flight - including unlimited baggage allowance and free wifi - taking the train really has become a viable alternative to flying.
Most importantly, if you're part of London's vast continental workforce, you can catch the train home for the weekend and be back at your desk by Monday morning.
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Mark Smith, founder of the Seat Sixty-One international rail website, expressed optimism about the international train’s prospects: “This is a route where high-speed rail can make real inroads into a market that airlines think is their own. “A four-hour timing from city centre to city centre, the potential for 95 per cent on-time performance, a year-round market with both business and leisure travel, and free Wi-Fi all the way. It's taking Eurostar a while to get this started, but it will be well worth the wait.”