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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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Adonis meets TfN to discuss northern connectivity

National Infrastructure Commission Chairman Andrew Adonis met representatives from Transport for the North during a two-day visit to the north of England in mid-November.

TfN described the meeting as the first step in its development of “a strong case to the Commission for pan-Northern, transformational investment in transport infrastructure”.

Chief Executive David Brown said: “The fact that Northern connectivity is recognised as a focus area for the Commission further underpins the fundamental need for long-term investment. We will continue to engage with Lord Adonis as we work towards the publication of our updated Northern Transport Strategy next year.”

At the same time, the Commission launched a Call for Evidence, inviting all interested parties to make submissions on its three focus areas.

“To make the North a powerhouse once again we need a new era of infrastructure investment,” said Adonis. “This Call for Evidence will support the Commission to make the infrastructure of the North greater still.”



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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 17/11/2015 22:35

    Both Northern Rail and First Transpennine Express could merge together and to operate all routes in the North of England, Northwest England, Northeast England, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, North Midlands, East Midlands and Tyne & Wear and once both companies have merged together then they may be named as Northern Transpennine Railway or Northern & Transpennine Express operated by either Govia, First Group, Abellio, Stagecoach or National Express.

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  • J Marsden - 18/11/2015 09:27

    Anybody except Abelio, this lot in the North West could not organise a party in a brewery just look at complaints on their facebook page. Laterunning and cancellations are the norm and its not yet winter

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