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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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Gospel Oak-Barking closures as electrification begins

London Overground 172004 and 172003 at Leyton Road on May 24. ANTONY GUPPY.

Network Rail has reminded local residents and passengers that the phased closure of the Gospel Oak-Barking Line was due to begin on June 4, as work gets under way to electrify the route (RAIL 800).

Until September 25 there will be no service between South Tottenham and Barking, and trains will run on weekdays only between Gospel Oak and South Tottenham.

A full closure will then run from September 26 to February 2017, to enable four sections of track to be lowered and four bridges rebuilt, making space for overhead wires. 

  • For more on this, read RAIL 802, published on June 8.
  • An in-depth feature looking at the project was published in RAIL 800.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 26/05/2016 23:20

    8 months of electrification works and new Class 710 trains to be built. The new mayor of London seems pleased with the go ahead of the GOBLIN electrification.

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  • Sarah - 10/07/2017 13:34

    The line to Barking was closed for nine months, not eight. When wil we start to benefit from all that work?

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