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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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CBT tells operators: train punctuality must improve

The drop in train punctuality between May 31 and June 27 has been criticised by the Campaign for Better Transport, which says Network Rail and train operators should improve the way they deal with delays and disruptions.

CBT Public Transport Campaigner Martin Abrams said: “Any drop in overall performance and punctuality is worrying. While there could be any number of unavoidable reasons why a train arrives late at its destination, the way train companies and Network Rail have been working together in recent months needs to be looked at.

  • For more on this story, see RAIL 781 published on August 19 2015

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