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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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Glasgow Subway to shut for a month for tunnel work

Some £288 million is being spent to modernise the Glasgow Subway, much of which was built in 1896, making it the world’s third oldest underground railway. STRATHCLYDE PARTNERSHIP FOR TRANSPORT.

Subway services in Glasgow are to be suspended for approximately four weeks from Saturday July 2, to enable modernisation work.

The last train services will run on Friday July 1 and not resume until Monday August 1, allowing for the full replacement of a 40-year-old concrete section of tunnel (known as ‘ramps and turnouts’) that connects the Subway with the surface depot at Broomloan.

The work is part of a £288 million modernisation that also includes station refurbishment and introduction of a new smartcard ticketing system.

During the suspension bus services will follow the Subway route, calling at all 15 stations every five minutes at peak times and every ten minutes during off-peak.

Additional rail services will run directly to the city centre from key stations including Bridge Street, Kelvinbridge and Shields Road Park & Ride sites. 

  • For more on this, read RAIL 800, published on May 11. 

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