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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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Ordsall Chord Alliance formed

Progress at the Ordsall Chord. RUSSELL WYKES.

An alliance has been formed for the construction of the Ordsall Chord in Manchester.

Amey, Skanska, Bam Nuttall and Siemens have signed a contract to construct the new chord, which will enable trains to run directly between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria for the first time. It is due to open in 2017.

Network Rail’s Mike Heywood, manager of the alliance, said: “The new Ordsall Chord has a massive role to play in opening up new and faster journeys."

  • For more on the Ordsall Chord, read RAIL 798, published on April 13.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 02/04/2016 02:38

    So the new Ordsall Chord is to open in 2017 connecting between 2 Manchester's main stations-Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria plus the new line is to be electrified for Electric Multiple Unit trains aswell to be used for Diesel Multiple Unit trains and Freight trains aswell passing through Manchester.

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