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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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Crime falls on London’s transport network

Crime on the London transport network is down 8.3%, according to figures released by Transport for London today (May 27).

In 2014/2015 there were 2,502 fewer offences, and the rate of crime reduced to seven offences per million passenger journeys.

TfL said that on the London Underground and Docklands Light Railway networks, crime was down 12.4%, the ninth consecutive year that crime had reduced.

Crime on London Overground is also down 4.9%, and there was a 22.7% reduction on Tramlink crime.

However, the number of reported sexual offences rose by 34.7% across the network. TfL said this can be attributed to the Project Guardian initiative - this involves TfL, British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police raising public awareness of unwanted sexual behaviour, and encourages victims to report these historically under-reported crimes.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson applauded the figures, and said there would be a relentless drive to reduce the figures further. 

  • For more on this story, see RAIL 776 published on June 10 2015

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