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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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Edinburgh Tram passenger numbers soar

Edinburgh Trams reported a 9.3% increase in passenger numbers in its second full year of operation.

The system carried 5.38 million passengers in 2015-2016, up from 4.92m in 2014-2015. This is around 340,000 ahead of the target for the period.

Increased revenue has surpassed budgeted expectations by around 6%. The company’s performance for the 2015 financial year is to be released in the summer.

Concessionary card holders account for 8.2% of passengers. This is thought to be down to the accessibility of the network and the work done by Edinburgh Trams with user groups. The network began operation at 0500 on May 31 2014.

Edinburgh Trams General Manager Lea Harrison said: “We’ll continue to work hard at providing the best possible service and to introduce further improvements to encourage even more travellers to hop on board.”

Transport for Edinburgh Chief Executive George Lowder added: “These results are hugely encouraging. We are concentrating this year on enhancement of the existing service and are certainly not going to be complacent.”

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Chair of Transport for Edinburgh, concluded: “There is no doubt Edinburgh Trams is going from strength to strength, as these latest passenger figures show.”

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