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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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Tourism ‘crucial’ for Borders Railway success

Tourist and leisure passengers could be a “crucial factor” in the success of the Borders Railway that re-opens on September 6, says the Campaign for Borders Rail (CBR).

A feasibility study conducted for the Scottish Executive in 2000 suggested limited tourism potential for the 30-mile route between Edinburgh and Tweedbank, and initial plans included no capacity for lengthy main line charters and associated facilities.

The study concluded: “Some tourists will travel out from Edinburgh “for the ride” on the line, but there is no reason to believe they will spend significant amounts of money in the Borders.

For more, read RAIL 782, published on September 2.

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