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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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Extra capacity a key element of Oxfordshire rail strategy

Council leaders in Oxfordshire have been asked to approve the county’s new rail strategy, which sets out the local authority’s objectives for the coming years.
Delivering extra capacity between Oxford and Didcot and the provision of new direct services between the area and Heathrow Airport are among the key improvements Oxfordshire County Council has identified to increase connectivity and economic growth. It will now lobby Network Rail and other stakeholders to help these plans become reality.   
Other improvements outlined by the rail strategy include additional platforms and through lines at Oxford station, a new car park and station building at Didcot Parkway, and the opening of the Cowley line to passenger services with new stations at Oxford Science and Business parks.

  • For more on this, read RAIL 804, published on July 6. 

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