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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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Khan urged to consider case for London trams

Campaigners have called for new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to consider investing in trams for the capital.

TramForward, the campaigning arm of the Light Rail Transit Association (LRTA), claimed that with pollution a serious problem, the time is right to consider trams.

“There is an urgent need for the new Mayor to invest in surface public transport, by restricting traffic and developing a tramway network along the most heavily-used bus corridors in central London,” said LRTA Chairman Andrew Braddock.

He added that the city’s continuing population growth meant it was essential that the busiest bus routes were upgraded to create more capacity at an economic cost. 

  • For more on this, read RAIL 801, published on May 25.


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  • Michael Collins - 23/05/2016 00:22

    I think its just the case of extending the existing network already in place in Croydon and Wimbledon and maybe deport all of the protesters lol.

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