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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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Climate change affecting the railway, says RSSB report

The railway is already being affected by climate change. The risks from higher temperatures, more frequent and more extreme weather, and rising sea levels will influence railway passengers, staff and operations.

These are the conclusions of a two-year study led by the RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board). It finds that from 2050 the English climate will be similar to that of central France today. But there will also be greater disruption to rail operations and more damage to railway infrastructure because of increasingly severe winter rainfall. 

  • For more on this, read RAIL 803, published on June 22.
  • For a more detailed analysis on climate change, read RAIL 803, published on June 22.

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