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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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Southern leads the charge with new electric car power points

Southern is to install 50 Electric Vehicle Charging Points (EVCPs) in station car parks across its network

The installation will cost £375,000, and will be funded by the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) as part of an initiative to install more points across the South East. 

Southern already has EVCPs at 10 stations with 13 more stations planned to have charging points over the coming months.

Southern Head of Environment Sandra Norval said: “We’re on target for installation of most of the 50 EVCPs by the end of March, with the final few to come soon after.”

Stations with ECVPs: Purley, South Croydon, Coulsdon South, Whyteleafe, Norbury, East Grinstead, Dorking, Redhill, Eastbourne and Brighton.

Planned ECVP installations: Three Bridges, Horsham, Ashtead, Lingfield, Crawley, Crowborough, Ham Street, Hove, Chichester, Barnham, Hassocks, Arundel and Rye.

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  • Peter Chan - 12/10/2015 23:58

    This is misleading, South Central simply install these for some reasons which has never been disclosed. But they have no policy to reserve this for electric car to use and the parking spaces are usually occupied by non electric car. In additional a number of charging points are faulty and never get repaired.

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