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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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Cranbrook to open this December

The new station at Cranbrook, to the east of Exeter on the line towards Salisbury and London Waterloo, is now set to open with the timetable change on December 14.

When Devon County Council submitted a planning application in March 2012, the intention was for building work on the single-platform, £4.5 million station to begin in spring 2013 (RAIL 693).

In April 2015, Network Rail put the opening as being in “summer 2015”, but in August this was then put back to October. One reason given by NR was “complications with the railway’s signalling system”.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 17/11/2015 22:28

    What about a new train station in Essex called Beaulieu Park northeast of Chelmsford which the new train station is next to the A12 Boreham Interchange. When will that new station will be built. Hopefully it should be opened in Mid 2017.

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