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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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Exchange Square welcomes first trams

The first Metrolink tram on test in Exchange Square on November 1. TFGM.

The first Metrolink trams ran into Manchester’s Exchange Square in the early hours of November 1.

Trams ran from Victoria station to the new stop, which is due to open before Christmas and which forms part of the Second City Crossing that will open completely in 2017.

“In the coming weeks trams on test will become a regular sight in this area of town, which is an exciting phase of the project and a major step forward for the Second City Crossing,” said Transport for Greater Manchester’s Metrolink Director Peter Cushing. 

  • For much more on Metrolink, read RAIL 787, published on November 11. 

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 04/11/2015 23:11

    What about the extension of the Metrolink to Salford Docks and a new team stop to be built close to Old Trafford stadium (home to Manchester United Football Club).

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