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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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Extra Exmouth-Exeter trains

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter (left) waves off the new Sunday service with Deputy Mayor for Exmouth Brian Cole, GWR Driver Competence Manager Paul Samways, Driver Competence Manager and chairman of Avocet Line Rail Users’ Group Mike Reddaway, ALRUG Committee members, and Exmouth Town Crier Roger Bourgein. GWR.

Extra trains now run on the Exmouth branch to Exeter Central.

Great Western Railway has doubled the frequency on the branch, which had been hourly but is now half-hourly. Also, more services have been extended to Exeter St Davids.

GWR Regional Development Manager Dan Okey said:“ A half-hourly service is a long-held aspiration. We are delighted to be able to take another significant step towards delivering this improvement, and offering good value when compared with the cost of driving and parking.”

GWR is working with the Avocet Line Rail Users’ Group and Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership to encourage locals to use the trains, through a new website ( This suggests activities such as food, live music and visiting pubs. 

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  • FrankH - 17/05/2016 20:36

    And to the rescue a pacer unit. Services seem to be extensions of Paignton and Barnstaple - Exeter services.

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