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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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Alliance reveals London-Edinburgh ECML plans

Alliance Rail’s detailed plans for a revived Great North Eastern Railway brand as an open access operator on the East Coast Main Line have been given a public airing, ahead of an Office of Rail and Road determination later in the summer.

If approved, hourly train services would begin within 36 months, with Alliance running a London-Newcastle-Edinburgh service with a journey time of 3 hours 43 minutes.

Aiming a new service at both the business and leisure travel markets, GNER is proposing the quickest ever journey between Edinburgh-London and Edinburgh-Newcastle, with journey time benefits promoted as bringing forward the benefits of HS2 by nearly 20 years.

Alliance, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, intends to introduce a fleet of new-generation Alstom Pendolinos, offering what it calls an “exceptional on-board experience offering over 500 seats over a variety of classes to suit every budget”. 

  • For more on this story, read RAIL 776, published on June 10.

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  • Jane Robertson - 17/06/2015 13:26

    Not more dreaded Pendolinos. Speaking as a passenger I would rather keep the existing rolling stock. Comfortable, airy and, most importantly, with ample luggage space. Travelling on the existing Pendolino trains is a misery because the luggage carrying facilities are totally inadequate.

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