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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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April opening for Kirkstall Forge

The target date for opening the new station at Kirkstall Forge is now mid-April 2016, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee is due to be told on February 26.

While it had been hoped the new facility (between Leeds and Shipley) would have been ready in late 2015, and construction was substantially completed in mid-December, the meeting heard that the final supply of permanent power and telecommunications was yet to be completed.

A new access road, being delivered by a separate contractor, is due for practical completion on April 1. Network Rail “is progressing the required technical sign-off process and the opening is dependent on the sign-off of both the Common Safety Method and Railway Interoperability Regulations by the Office of Rail and Road”, the meeting was told.

During construction of Low Moor station (south of Bradford Interchange) a previously unrecorded mine shaft was discovered - situated where the new passenger lift and footbridge foundations go, and directly affecting the critical path of the construction programme. 

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 26/02/2016 09:52

    With Kirkstall Forge to open in April and Apperley Bridge which has been opened in December last year that are the 2 newest railway stations in West Yorkshire. Leeds East Parkway station to the East of Leeds City Centre and Leeds Bradford Parkway station that will serve the Airport between Leeds and Bradford could be opened next year or 2018 or planned to be built and opened before 2020.

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  • Tony Metcalfe - 05/05/2016 21:08

    The date is now 4th May and I wish to know if this station is open and in use. Please advise

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    • Natalie Horton - 06/05/2016 12:46

      Hi Tony, we haven't been notified of a confirmed date for Kirkstall Forge, but an internet source says that it was rescheduled to open between late April/mid May 2016: For the latest information, we advise you check the Network Rail website a

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  • Michael White - 30/05/2016 14:03

    June 19th is now the expected date, fingers crossed...

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