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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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New £50 million Cambridge North station taking shape

Construction work has begun on the main building at the new Cambridge North station, ahead of its planned opening in May 2017.

The platforms and two lift shafts are now in place at the site of the £50 million station, which will serve the city’s science park and St John’s Innovation Centre.

Cambridge North is expected to cater for 3,000 passengers a day, alleviating pressure on Cambridge station where people currently leave the train to continue their onward journey to the science and business parks by bus.

Once completed the station will have three platforms, parking for 450 vehicles and 1,000 cycles, and solar panels that will provide 10% of the station’s energy needs.

Helen Warnock, Network Rail’s area director for West Anglia, said: “Cambridgeshire’s newest station is now really beginning to take shape and is set to transform the way people travel around the city of Cambridge next year, giving passengers better connections and journey times and access to the business and science parks by rail.” 

  • For more on the new station, read an in-depth feature in RAIL 808, published on August 31.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 16/08/2016 22:30

    Once Cambridge North railway station is opened. It will serve Chesterton and Cambridge Business Park. But Cambridge will have another new station called Cambridge South railway station and that will have P&R facility nearby and also it will serve Addenbrookes Hospital nearby and the M11 motorway.

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    • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 16/08/2016 23:18

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    • David - 17/08/2016 10:08

      Aside from for travelling into London, I don't think a P+R station would be very well used.

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      • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 17/08/2016 14:43

        Suppose you are right.

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  • Gizzy - 30/08/2016 17:04

    The P+R in Cambridge have already been in use for a few years now. The bus services from the one near Milton will also serve Cambridge North Station. The Guided Bus link from St Ives has already been built from Milton Road to the new station. If and when the proposed Addenbrookes station is built, it will also be served by an existing P+R in nearby Trumpington, which is also connected to the Busway....

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