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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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HS2 will start to re-establish pride in the transport network - Perry

HS2 will start to re-establish pride in the transport network, Rail Minister Claire Perry claimed on November 5.

“People are starting to think about this as the railway for the future. We love our steam trains, we love to talk about our history, but it’s actually the transport system for the 21st century.

“It’s clean, it’s vast, it’s convenient, it’s right into the city centre where you want to be, and crucially it’s a great system in a very crowded island. Particularly for journeys around the South East it is becoming really the only way to travel.

“A railway is not just the improvements in seats, faster trains and better connections, I think it’s a growing awareness that we can build a world-class, state-of-the-art railway that really binds the country together. One of the most important things about HS2 to me that it truly does deliver that one-nation vision that we want.”

  • For more on Perry's speech, and for coverage of the National Rail Conference, read RAIL 788, published on November 25.

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