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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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S&C travel discounted as passenger numbers decline sharply

Northern has introduced a Settle-Carlisle Line Day Ranger ticket to reduce the cost of travelling on the 72-mile line, against a backdrop of sharply declining passenger numbers.

The ticket allows return travel from any station between Leeds and Bradford Forster Square to Appleby by rail, and onwards to Carlisle by replacement bus services. It costs £15.00 full adult fare, and Railcard holders are eligible for further discounts. The ticket is available for one day with no time restrictions. 

Since services were disrupted in February, the Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line group estimates that ridership has decreased between 50% and 75% due to a false perception that the entire route is closed indefinitely. 

  • For more on the closure of the S&C due to a landslip, read RAIL 801, published on May 25.


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  • FrankH - 19/05/2016 22:55

    The Friends group also say that the line could/may be closed for up to 18 months which is hardly helping the cause. They are perhaps better off promoting the line instead of speculating on what could/may happen. NR are doing the work as quickly as possible, stabilizing a half a million ton landslip makes Lamington look small by comparison.

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