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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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TfL Rail enjoys punctuality boost

TfL Rail (Transport for London Rail) is challenging c2c for the title of Britain’s most punctual train operator, according to the latest Public Performance Measure (PPM) figures released by Network Rail.

c2c heads the latest table - in the four-week period to August 22, 97% of its trains were recorded as being on time (within five minutes of the timetable for London and South East operators, and ten minutes for longer-distance and regional franchises).

But TfL Rail’s punctuality figure of 96.9% represents a significant improvement on the 88.4% figure recorded in the corresponding period in 2014.

Other operators to record notable improvements from 12 months earlier included ScotRail (84.7% to 92.3%), First TransPennine Express (84.3% to 90.2%) and Virgin Trains West Coast (84.8% to 89.5%).

The poorest performing operators in the period were the Caledonian Sleeper (85.1%), First Hull Trains (84.2%) and Govia Thameslink railway (84.1%).

PPM for the period to August 22 was at 90.3%, up from the 88.8% recorded 12 months earlier. The PPM Moving Annual Average, which records punctuality over a rolling 12-month period, stands at 89.6%.

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  • Peter Wilton - 10/09/2015 10:28

    I use the TfL Gidea Park-Liverpool Street regularly and the improvement since takeover has improved significantly on the Abellio service, not only in time-keeping but also in the cleanliness of the ageing rolling stock and stations as well as customer relations and interaction,

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