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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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Network Rail tight-lipped over Glasgow tram-train plans

Network Rail has rejected a Freedom of Information request to disclose details of discussions over a possible tram-train link at Glasgow Airport.

Local media reports that NR rejected the request by saying it was ‘“not in the public interest” to make a full disclosure of its communications with the Glasgow Airport Access Project, adding that the call for transparency was outweighed by a greater need for privacy.

NR reportedly believes that revealing the content of emails and other correspondence would make those involved less likely to express contentious views in future for fear of criticism, thereby seriously undermining the process of liaison.

NR’s stance comes amid mounting scepticism surrounding the feasibility of the £144 million project, and the availability of spare capacity at Glasgow Central station to handle increased traffic from train-trams.

The non-disclosure made under the Freedom of Information Act is expected to be legally challenged. 

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  • Donald Stirling - 16/08/2016 19:40

    Maybe talk of tram-trains should be taken in the context of what appear to be 'undefined' timescales for the introduction of similar delivered vehicles in Rotherham. It is NOT proven technology. The original heavy rail link was to cost (apparently) £175m.....

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    • David - 17/08/2016 10:02

      Yep. The Rotherham extension is fast becoming a complete farce.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 16/08/2016 23:16

    Train-train is becoming a new thing with trams that not only use tram tracks but also will use heavy rail and the new Class 399 is being built as a tram-train as part of the Sheffield Supertram extension to Rotherham using heavy rail and is dual voltage working on 750 V DC OHLE and 25 kV 50 Hz AC OHLE. But not just Sheffield and Rotherham but also other cities including Glasgow are also concidering on planning to introduce new tram-trains with tram-train in Glasgow will see a new service from Central Glasgow to Glasgow Airport on its new route via Paisley .

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    • David - 17/08/2016 10:05

      Thanks for all the Wikipedia links and your eternal optimism. The Rotherham extension is still being delayed however, I don't think the cities themselves are that impressed.

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  • John Harper - 30/08/2016 16:11

    Train trams do make sense for the Glasgow Airlink, as being able to take tighter curves they will save money on expensive infrastructure at the Paisley / Airport end. They could use Gilmour St, and then run into the City using the mainline diverging near to Central crossing the Clyde using existing road bridges (which may need to be strenghtened) stoping twice at Central for a low level exchange and in Gordon Street for the mainline, running through to George Square. This connects the Airport to the whole Scotrail network (and eventually HS2) and provides a useful link between Queen St and Central. It also avoids using capacity at Central that will be needed for HS2.

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