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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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Clampdown on drunkenness proves effective

Initiatives to prevent rowdy and drunken passengers from boarding trains have succeeded in making passengers feel safer, according to a report by Transport Focus.

Key findings of the report Passenger perceptions of personal security on the railways include: anti-social behaviour continues to the biggest cause for concern over personal security for passengers; a visible staff presence reassures passengers and more staff are needed after dark; targeted and time-limited bans on alcohol that are properly enforced are effective.

“We’ve found that actions taken by the rail industry over recent years to make passengers feel safer have worked,” said Transport Focus Chief Executive Anthony Smith.

“Naturally some initiatives have been more successful than others. A visible staff presence has stood out as really reassuring passengers. The industry must build on the findings of its report by continuing its focus on making passengers feel safe.”    

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