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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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Public supports new Old Oak Common stations

Transport for London (TfL) has concluded that two London Overground stations should be built at Old Oak Common.

A public consultation on proposals to build a new Overground link in the area received strong public support. Three station options were considered as part of the consultation, and 85% of respondents supported plans to build two new stations at Old Oak Common Lane and Hythe Road. This would allow access to both the Clapham Junction to Stratford and Richmond to Stratford lines.

TfL Managing Director of Planning Richard de Cani said: “This public consultation has demonstrated there is strong public support for new local rail links at Old Oak to allow Overground services to support the planned new High Speed 2 and Crossrail stations due to open in 2026.”

Further public consultation on the scheme is expected to take place in 2016.

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  • Simon Billeau - 02/03/2015 13:57

    What about connecting the Central Line to Old Oak Common as well?

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