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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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West Coast Main Line re-opens

The 1051 Edinburgh-London Euston passes through the site of the floods north of Carlisle today (December 8). NETWORK RAIL.

The West Coast Main Line north of Carlisle has re-opened, two days after it was under eight feet of water.

The first train to pass was the 1051 Edinburgh Waverley-London Euston, operated by Virgin Trains, which passed through the affected area just after 1300 today (December 8).

Network Rail engineers worked around the clock to carry out repairs after Storm Desmond caused widespread flooding in the North West.

The water subsided on December 7, and NR has subsequently removed debris and mud from the railway. Repairs to the track and infrastructure have also been completed.

Engineers will remain in place to repair damaged signalling and electrical equipment. Until that is completed speed restrictions will remain in place.

Meanwhile the Cumbrian Coast Line between Carlisle and Workington remains closed, as NR continues repairs to remove three landslides and repair two flood sites. It is hoped the line will re-open this week.

  • For much more on this, read RAIL 790, published on December 23.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 08/12/2015 16:04

    Looks like WCML is heading back into service after the aftermath of Storm Desmond that caused havoc across Northern England, Northern Ireland and most parts of Scotland.

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