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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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£170 million improvement for Scottish railway

Sixteen miles of railway between Aberdeen and Inverurie will be doubled, and a new station will be built at Forres, where the track alignment will also be straightened. Platforms at Insch and Elgin will be extended to accommodate six-coach trains, and signalling systems along the route will be upgraded.

There will also be the possibility of new stations at Dalcross and Kintore. These are being planned separately, working with HITRANS and NESTRANS respectively.

Construction work will begin next year.

  • For more on this, read RAIL 786, published on October 28.

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  • Niall Laybourne - 23/05/2016 21:01

    Meanwhile, £3bn is being spent on the the A96 road alongside...fair?

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