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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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Edinburgh Gateway on course for December opening

Network Rail Managing Director for Scotland Phil Verster says that the poor weather affecting the country has not delayed progress of the £41 million Edinburgh Gateway station, and that it remains on course to open (as scheduled) in December.

The station is part of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP), and will enable Fife Circle passengers to connect with trains on the main line between the two major cities.

Verster, speaking on January 20 during a visit to the site with Scottish Transport Minister Derek Mackay, said: “Despite the challenging weather, the project team at Edinburgh Gateway has maintained its focus on keeping this work on programme.

  • For more on this, read RAIL 793, published on February 3.

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  • Gez - 21/01/2016 16:41

    Will Edinburgh to Aberdeen trains stop at this station?

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  • Roy Calderwood - 21/01/2016 23:56

    The point of this new station is to allow access from Fife and the North to Edinburgh Airport via the Edinburgh Tram interchange. With the Almond Chord having been dropped from EGIP there will be no services to Glasgow from the new station. Fife to Glasgow passengers will still have to change at Haymarket. It should also be noted that passengers from Fife and the north also have the option of the Stagecoach Jet 747 bus from Inverkeithing station to Edinburgh Airport.

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