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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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RSSB backs DOO safety as Southern suffers latest strike

The RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board) says Driver Only Operation offers no increased risk to safety. Its announcement was made on June 21, the day of the latest RMT strike on Southern.

In a statement, the RSSB said that a number of projects have been published over the past 15 years on various aspects of DOO on passenger trains, and that none of them has identified any increased risk from dispatching a train without a guard being present - providing the correct procedures have been followed.

It added that “the removal of any possible miscommunication which could exist between driver and guard could, potentially, deliver some safety benefits”.

  • For more on this, read RAIL 804, published on July 6.
  • For an in-depth feature looking at the issues behind the industrial action, read RAIL 804, published on July 6.

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