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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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Metrolink parking trial passes the test

Overnight parking at weekends will be introduced at 15 Manchester Metrolink tram stops, following a successful trial.

A Transport for Greater Manchester meeting on June 10 heard that no capacity problems had been caused by the scheme that allows passengers to leave their cars at the stop’s car park until noon the next day.

TfGM said that a survey carried out during the trial found 85% of passengers in favour of the scheme. Now a permanent scheme will be introduced offering more than 2,500 overnight parking spaces on Friday and Saturday nights. This is 77% of spaces available at all 22 Metrolink car parks.

TfGM said that overnight parking during the week will not be introduced, due to major events such as concerts and football matches that would affect the following morning’s car park capacity.

The current trial was launched in December and finishes on July 31, after which any permanent scheme is expected to come into effect.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 18/06/2016 03:10

    What about plans for future extensions for Manchester Metrolink including the extensions to Salford Docks and other areas in the Greater Manchester area.

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