Close Close

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?

View the poll

First Great Western combats Seasonal Affective Disorder

First Great Western ran its first ‘therapy train carriage’ on February 2, intended to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD, more commonly known as the ‘winter blues’).

The train ran at 0706 from London Paddington-Penzance, fitted with bright SAD Lumie lights, which are said to help treat the condition.

SAD is a type of winter depression that affects an estimated half a million people every winter between September and April, and is particularly prevalent at this time of year. It is caused by a chemical imbalance owing to the shortening of daylight hours and lack of sunlight.

The special carriage will run daily on the 0706.

First Great Western Campaigns Manager Jamie Anderson said: “We are trying to shine a ray of light on people’s journeys, and help them arrive at work and travel home again without the ‘winter blues’.”

Comment as guest

Login  /  Register


  • tony berkeley - 04/02/2015 12:46

    this is an excellent choice of train; it only takes 5hr 30 mins to PZ as it is now a direct service, rather than having to change at Exeter. Plenty of time to consider ways of speeding up the journey!

    Reply as guest

    Login  /  Register

RAIL is Britain's market leading modern railway magazine.

Download the app

Related content