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    Amsterdam Eurostar

    It's something to do with availability of Dutch border control staff I think. Eurostar said they will be sorting it shortly.
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    Happy Ticket - splitting tickets at Arlon

    Yes, there's going to be an interesting artefact when Luxembourg makes its trains free - you can have an all-lines pass in Belgium, and of course the trains will be free in Luxembourg, but to cross the border you will need to pay a small supplement, I believe.
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    Happy Ticket - splitting tickets at Arlon

    I think the above posters saying there was a prohibition on split ticketing in Belgium etc were wrong, at least for this common ticket type, @AlbertBeale These are the conditions on the weekend ticket (a half price return)...
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    Happy Ticket - splitting tickets at Arlon

    I'm reading the SNCB conditions of carriage to try and find a definite answer to the split ticketing thing If you want to help it'll be here somewhere https://www.belgiantrain.be/en/support/terms-and-conditions-for-transport I haven't found anything yet but I thought this was a nice detail on...
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    Amsterdam Eurostar

    Mostly agree with this but worth pointing out that a lot of *national* connections will be available at Rotterdam as well, which is a very convenient station for interchange
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    Why are people opposed to HS2? (And other HS2 discussion)

    Heathrow is on a spur of Crossrail with a much less frequent service than OOC (six trains per hour compared to 12 - quite important when it's about interchange) and quite a lot further out of London (Ealing Broadway, which is closer than OOC will be, is currently 26 minutes to Heathrow on TfL...
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    Why are people opposed to HS2? (And other HS2 discussion)

    The Financial Times, which is usually right, is reporting that the Chancellor has thrown his weight behind HS2 https://www.ft.com/content/3194a87e-42c6-11ea-a43a-c4b328d9061c
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    Amsterdam Eurostar

    It's currently three trains a day, that will rise to four when direct return services begin, and Eurostar has said they want to run a fifth service in 2021. When there are five returns services a day that will be the equivalent of 25 Boeing 737s a day in both directions - pretty good...
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    Class 701 'Aventra' trains for South Western Railway

    Yes, the current logo is a bit idiosyncratic, will be interesting to see if that survives
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    Class 701 'Aventra' trains for South Western Railway

    I suppose there's now a chance these trains will never have their SWR decals applied, if the franchise collapses before delivery.
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    Happy Ticket - splitting tickets at Arlon

    I split my ticket on this route last year and showed both portions of my split ticket to an SNCB conductor southbound, and he didn't bat an eyelid Obviously your mileage may vary
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    St Pancras Eurostar changes

    This makes a lot of sense
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    Amsterdam Eurostar

    Thalys is one example - even though it stops at both Brussels and Antwerp you actually cannot buy a Thalys ticket between the two stops – similar to Eurostar and London–Ashford. On the French side it goes non-stop from Paris to Brussels. But you're right of course, it is very unusual. (It's also...
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    Amsterdam Eurostar

    There is sometimes spot screening for TGVs, ICEs and other trains at Brussels Midi on the high-speed platforms, but they mostly just wave you through and only tell certain people to go for checks. I think they are particularly interested in large baggage. The Russian Sapsan is rather like the...
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    Amsterdam Eurostar

    Post-HS2 you'd be looking at around 3h15m Manchester to Paris and 3h45m Leeds to Paris which is rather better, particularly for Manchester which has quite a few flights a day to Paris

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