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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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New Great Eastern Main Line wires to reduce delays

Network Rail expects fewer heat-related delays to trains on the Great Eastern Main Line this summer, after the installation of 13 miles of new overhead wires between Chelmsford and London Liverpool Street.

This is in addition to 54 miles of new wires being installed since 2014 as part of a £250 million NR project.

The infrastructure company said that because temperatures on the railway can be up to 20 degrees hotter than the air temperature away from the track, the older wires (which date from the GEML’s original 1950s electrification) sag and temporary speed restrictions have to be introduced. Already this has ceased between Chelmsford and Shenfield.

A further 20 miles will be replaced between Shenfield and London before the end of the year, including a large section at Gidea Park. The entire renewal project will be completed in 2019.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 15/06/2016 10:55

    Also new overhead wires, new overhead structures, gantries, beams and supports are to be installed on the Shenfield-Southend Victoria line as the older wires and equipment are ageing and do need replacing. The c2c line between Fenchurch Street and Bow Junction/Bromley-by-Bow does need overhead wiring replacements and also the Ardwick-Glosslop & Hatfield lines in Greater Manchester also needs some overhead wiring replacements as those wires are ageing.

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