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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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Arriva wins London Overground concession

London Overground 378233 passes West Brompton on March 17, with the 1105 Stratford-Richmond. ANTONY GUPPY.

Arriva has won the London Overground (LO) concession and will begin operating it from November.

The £1.5bn contract runs for 7.5 years with an option for an additional two years. It replaces the joint venture between Arriva and MTR that currently operates the concession.

Under the new concession there will be extended operating times, and some routes will operate on Boxing Day.

As part of the new contract, Transport for London (TfL) will penalise Arriva should incidents caused by Network Rail, train and freight operating companies delay LO trains. TfL has sent the new punctuality standard for LO at three minutes within the scheduled arrival time.

TfL Chief Operating Officer, London Rail Gareth Powell said: “We have worked hard to deliver major improvements for our customers, taking a neglected part of the transport network and transforming it to support new homes, jobs and economic growth across the capital. Arriva will build on this by extending operating hours, improving frequencies and introducing new trains.”

  • For more on this, read RAIL 797, published on March 30. 

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 26/03/2016 15:21

    Well at least Arriva will take over the London Overground concession & LOROL franchise with Class 710 Aventra trains to be built next year.

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