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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: “No evidence of increased risk” from DOO

Southern 377162 at Clapham Junction. RICHARD CLINNICK.

The RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board) says there is no evidence that drivers (rather than guards) operating train doors increases the risk of passenger harm.

The organisation analyses safety data and provides standards and risk guidance to the industry.

Rail unions have consistently stated that industrial action over the role of conductors on Govia Thameslink Railway has been about protecting the safety of passengers. They argue that a guard opening and closing train doors is safer than the driver managing train dispatch with the aid of CCTV cameras.

However, RSSB Managing Director Mark Phillips said: “We have 30 years of data which we have analysed. We have found that the driver performing the task does not increase the risk to passengers at all.”

The RMT suggested that there has been a greater incidence of passengers caught between closing train doors on Driver Only Operation services, compared with trains that carry guards. It said in some cases passengers have been dragged between improperly closed doors on a moving train, implying that this would not have happened with a guard performing a visual check before departure.

  • For more on this story and an in-depth analysis on the latest Southern dispute, read RAIL 808, read RAIL 808, published August 31.

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  • Sam Green - 19/08/2016 13:51

    Complete lie of course ! Lies are the biggest excuse to get rid of jobs !

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  • Manchester Mike - 19/08/2016 15:14

    Agreed. Let's base decisions on data not opinions.

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  • Manchester Mike - 19/08/2016 15:15

    Let's base decisions on data not opinions.

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