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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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Taskforce urges four-tracking of West Anglia line

Building more tracks on the West Anglia Main Line would bring tens of thousands of new jobs and new homes to boost economic growth between London, Cambridge and Stansted Airport.

That is the view of the West Anglia Taskforce, which believes more tracks would lead to faster journeys, more trains and doubling of current capacity when Crossrail 2 is built.

It wants the WAML increased from a two-track to a four-track railway, claiming that services on the line are severely hampered by the two-track railway between Coppermill Junction (south of Tottenham Hale) and Broxbourne Junction. It says adding two more tracks could deliver an additional four trains per hour to some stops, while reducing journey times from Cambridge to Liverpool Street.

  • For more on this story, read RAIL 795 published on March 2

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  • BigTone - 25/02/2016 20:03

    As the Tesco advert says "Every little helps"

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 25/02/2016 21:04

    Suppose it has to be done before Crossrail 2 is completed.

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