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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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Driver and conductor training begins on Borders Railway

Regular trains have once again been observed on the Borders Railway after a gap of over 45 years – as part of preparations that are well under way for the introduction of passenger services between Tweedbank and Edinburgh Waverley on September 6.

ScotRail began driver and conductor training on the new line in the week commencing June 8. To mark the occasion, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities Keith Brown visited the trainees in the nearly completed Tweedbank station.

An average of four return journeys will be made each day between Tweedbank and Newcraighall, with drivers reaching speeds of up to 90mph. A total of 64 drivers and 64 conductors are set to be trained on the route, as part of a schedule lasting 12 weeks.

  • For more on this story, read RAIL 777, published on June 24.

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