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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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Custom House closure planned

Custom House station on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is to close for 11 months from January 2017, in preparation for Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) services.

Existing canopies at the station will be removed, and a new mezzanine deck installed above the DLR platforms in addition to two extra staircases. The work is set to increase capacity at the station by 50%, ahead of Elizabeth Line trains serving it from December 2018.

The scale of the work involves the installation of 400 tonnes of steel and 300,000 litres of concrete, meaning the station will have to be closed for the duration of the project. Passengers are advised to use Royal Victoria or Prince Regent stations.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 16/08/2016 22:26

    Elizabeth Line once opened could be extended southeast to as far as Dartford and possibly Gravesend, Rochester and parts of North Kent. But yes Custom House does need to close for works to take place and once it opens then Crossrail should also open as it will connect with DLR and London Excel and Emirates Air-Line cable car down the road from Custom House (1 stop on the DLR to Royal Victoria for the cable car).

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  • Luther J - 14/11/2016 18:16

    Does anyone know if the city will provide shuttles from Royal Victoria and Prince Regent stations during the construction? Excel will be a nightmare in the evenings when the expos let out at 5PM.

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