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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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Shaw switches over to National Grid

Nicola Shaw

High Speed 1 (HS1) Chief Executive and author of the Shaw Report (RAIL 797) Nicola Shaw CBE will take over as Executive Director UK of National Grid in the third quarter of this year.

HS1 Chairman Rob Holden CBE said: “Nicola has proved to be a dedicated and inspiring leader, developing HS1’s position to become a central part of the UK’s transport infrastructure, respected for both trusted delivery and continual innovation. She has worked closely with our customers to continue to grow their services while striking new and innovative partnerships, maintaining enviable safety and performance records and retaining the position of St Pancras International as the nation’s favourite station. The board and I thank her for her work and extend to her our very best wishes for the future.”

  • For more on the Shaw Report, read RAIL 797, published on March 30.
  • For more on this story, read RAIL 798, published on April 13.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 26/03/2016 17:32

    Good luck to her.

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