Eurostar has been forced to delay the sale of tickets for its new London to Amsterdam service due to a website glitch.

Tickets were due to go on sale at 4pm on Tuesday to coincide with a preview run of the new service which starts on April 4.

But the sale of tickets was put back until tomorrow due to “technical issues” with the Eurostar website.

The company tweeted: “We now expect the tickets for our direct service to Rotterdam and Amsterdam to be available from Thursday 22nd, whilst we iron out a few issues.

“We recognise the interest in the new route and thank you all for your patience.”

Eurostar said it was “very sorry” for any frustration this has caused.

“We thought it best to ensure there are no issues whatsoever when the tickets do go on sale, so this has been pushed back a couple of days while we iron out some last minute details. Thanks in the meantime for your patience.”