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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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Boom in cycle-rail journeys

Cycle-rail journeys have increased by 40% since 2010, according to statistics released by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). And the number of cycle-rail journeys where a bike is parked at a station has increased by 75% in the same period.

Now a new campaign has been launched to promote PlusBike. This is the industry’s ‘one stop shop’ for tailored information enabling passengers to plan journeys using their cycles on rail. PlusBike includes station facility details, rules about bikes on trains, and whether reservations are needed.

RDG said that improved facilities at stations and on trains has helped fuel the rise. Around 50 million cycle-rail journeys were made last year. Meanwhile, the number of cycle spaces at stations has risen from 25,000 in 2010 to today’s 64,000, and is set to rise to 75,000 in 2017. 


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