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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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London tops station usage charts as numbers increase

London tops station usage charts as numbers increase

Nine of Britain’s busiest ten stations are in London, according to the latest station usage figures released by the Office of Rail and Road (OR).

The figures reveal a 4.5% rise in entries and exits to stations in 2014/15 compared with 2013/14. The only station outside London in the top ten is Birmingham New Street, which retains its place as Britain’s eighth busiest station.

In the top ten Charing Cross swaps places with Euston (moving from sixth busiest to fifth), while a 17.4% increase in entries and exits makes Stratford Britain’s tenth busiest station. The busiest remains Waterloo, which recorded 99,201,604 entries and exits - almost 14 million more than the next busiest station, Victoria.

Least used stations in Britain, 2014/15

Station        Number of entries and exits

Shippea Hill  22

Coombe      26

Teesside Airport    32

Reddish South       54

Barry Links  60

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


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