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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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West Anglia task force looks to improve London-Stansted Airport connections

Plans to improve rail connections between London, Cambridge and Stansted Airport were announced today (February 20).

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne made the announcement as part of their plan to support economic growth in London over the next 15 years.

Johnson and Osborne vowed to establish a West Anglia task force, a group that will look at ways to improve connections between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport. The project aims to provide faster and more frequent train services and better access to Stansted Airport.

The Task Force will consist of the Department for Transport, Network Rail and the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium (LSCC). They are expected to present their findings in Spring 2016.

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  • stephen skinner - 20/02/2015 22:15

    The rail connection to Stansted is already very good, the only improvement would be four-tracking between Tottenham Hale and Broxbourne which would cost millions and might save 5mins. Better for the airport spend money on improving its passenger handling rather than expecting the taxpayer to foot the bill.

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  • Andrew Gwilt - 31/03/2015 18:18

    If thats the case then go ahead. London Stansted Airport is a International Airport in Essex and serves not just London but serves Norwich, Cambridge, West Anglia, East Anglia, parts of the Midlands and the UK with flights to/from Europe, Africa, South America, Canada, USA and Asia.

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