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As lockdown restrictions ease and we start to consider travelling again, the future of cross-Channel operator Eurostar remains uncertain.
Eurostar is seeking financial support from the UK Government, citing higher access charges here as a reason.
The French Government has pledged to provide support for the operator, while £200 million has been provided by one of its shareholders, Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Hermes Infrastructure.
Registered in the UK and supporting 3,000 jobs either with the business or in the supply chain, the company is, however, 55% owned by SNCF (French state rail), 40% by CDPQ/Hermes and 5% by SNCB (Belgian state railways).
So: Should the UK Government provide financial assistance to Eurostar?

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Electric services to Wigan and Manchester Victoria start in May

Northern Rail plans to start electric train services from Liverpool to Wigan and to Manchester Victoria from the timetable change on May 17.

The plans have been unveiled as the final two stages of the North West Electrification Project Phase 2 near completion - between Huyton Junction and the West Coast Main Line at Wigan, and between Ordsall Lane Junction and Manchester Victoria station. By the date of the timetable change, Northern says it will have 12 Class 319 electric units available for service, with ten in use each day.


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  • J lynch - 03/06/2015 16:29

    Wigan north west elec - well its only taken 2 weeks to get back to usual crap service. Last night Tues 2 june 16.09 cancelled missed my medical appointment. Had to get another train then 5.90 in taxi fare. Guess wot? Here I am again wed 3rd June 16.09 cancelled again!! I just wish the bus didn't take an hour get me home otherwise I would never use this 3rd rate service again! NOT HAPPY

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