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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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New Yorkshire railway supported

North Yorkshire County Council’s Local Transport Plan 4 (LTP4) is supporting the concept of a new railway from Leeds, via Harrogate and Ripon, to the East Coast Main Line north of Northallerton.

The LTP4, which looks as far ahead as 30 years, was published for consultation on November 2. It reflects the County Plan that ‘transport links’ is one of five priorities “where intervention is needed to overcome some of the ongoing issues that affect the lives of people within the county”.

The LTP also goes a small step further in supporting a new Leeds-Northallerton line than does the Strategic Transport Prospectus (RAIL 787). 

  • For more on this, read RAIL 788, published on November 25.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 12/11/2015 20:07

    New Leeds-Northallerton rail line should be ideal with freight trains to be used as well Northern Trains to use the new line to avoid the ECML.

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