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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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Eurostar passenger numbers remain constant

Eurostar passenger numbers decreased in January following the terrorist attacks in Paris and the Eurotunnel lorry fire.

However, a higher volume of travel was then recorded over the Easter holiday period, taking overall passenger numbers in the first quarter of 2015 to 2.3 million, the same level as the first quarter of 2014.

The figures were released by Eurostar in its performance report for Q1 2015.

Compared with the corresponding period in 2014, business travel for the quarter increased by 7%. Ticket sales were down by 6%, with £215 million of sales revenue in Q1 2015, a decrease of £12m.

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