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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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Network Rail completes Stafford resignalling on time

Network Rail’s Staffordshire Alliance completed the latest phase of its £250 million project over the August Bank Holiday weekend, with the conclusion of Stafford’s resignalling.

This work - known as Phase 2 - incorporated the installation of a new freight loop and replacement of life-expired signalling, telecommunications and power supplies. Control of the signalling has transferred from Stafford No. 4 and No. 5 signalboxes to Rugby. All platforms are now bi-directional and slow line speeds have been increased from 75mph to 100mph between Stafford and Great Bridgeford. Work began in spring 2014.

With Phase 1 completed in March 2014 (line speed improvements between Crewe and Norton Bridge), attention now turns to Phase 3 (the remodelling of Norton Bridge).

For more on this story see RAIL 783.


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