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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: Brexit will have no immediate effect on standards

“It’s too early to say what the longer-term implications of Brexit will be on Britain’s rail sector or our approach to standards setting and safety regulation,” RSSB Interim Managing Director Mark Phillips told RAIL.

He added: “We will be working closely with our members, the Department for Transport, Office of Rail and Road and other industry bodies to understand and manage any potential changes to rail’s regulatory framework as they arise.”

RSSB said there would not be any immediate impact on either the organisation or the rail industry as a whole. While the UK is still an EU member, the same obligations and requirements will still need to be met.

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

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  • BigTone - 29/06/2016 20:25

    Shouldn't make any difference, the EU directives are framed in UK law.

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  • Ken W - 03/07/2016 11:44

    Why would Brexit affect safety standards? Are we not capable of defining and imposing them ourselves without endless red tape from the EU?

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