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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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CBT map shows passenger growth online

A map launched by the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) charts railway station usage from 1997, and reveals huge growth in passenger numbers

The map shows that 686 stations attract more than one million entries and exits per year, compared with 215 in 1997/98. Of those, 85 stations recorded more than five million entries and exits.

There are some significant increases in usage for smaller stations, with Gowerton (in Wales) recording a 17-fold rise in passenger numbers and Needham Market (Suffolk) a 13-fold increase.

To visit the map, go to http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/maps/rail-usage.html.

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


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  • BigTone - 29/01/2016 18:50

    Makes for interesting reading. Had to load the parent site then browse to the page

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