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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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Borders Railway smashes forecast passenger figures

ScotRail 158869 at Tweedbank on November 25 2015. RICHARD CLINNICK.

The Borders Railway has beaten traffic forecasts by 22%, with almost 700,000 passengers travelling on the route in its first six months of operation.

The Edinburgh Waverley-Tweedbank route opened in September 2015 (RAIL 783), and ScotRail’s latest figures show that 694,373 single journeys were made from September 6 2015 to March 6 2016.

The route’s terminus - Tweedbank - recorded 183,918 journeys in the first six months against a forecast of 18,978, followed by Galashiels on 104,593 (forecast: 20,567). Newtongrange also exceeded forecasts, with 50,480 single journeys (forecast: 46,449), as did Stow with 24,365 journeys (forecast: 5,129)

Eskbank recorded fewer journeys than forecast (65,672 against 114,568), as did Gorebridge (39,400 journeys compared with a forecast of 79,014) and Shawfair (9,398 single journeys against forecasts of 54,298). 

  • For more on this, read RAIL 802, published on June 8.

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  • BigTone - 01/06/2016 18:15

    Get it doubled and wired as soon as possible

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