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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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Eurotunnel sets new truck shuttle record

Eurotunnel reported the highest number of trucks carried on its Channel Tunnel shuttle service this August, with 127,769 carried (a 24% increase on 2015’s figure).

Between January and August, the truck shuttles recorded 12% growth (to almost 1.1 million vehicles). However, the number of cars carried fell by 3% to 347,920, which Eurotunnel blames on there being only four weekends in the month. The total number of cars carried from January to August rose by 1%. Coach traffic also grew (by 3%) to 3,325 vehicles, although year-to-date figures show a 10% decline to 36,194 vehicles.

  • For detailed figures, read RAIL 810, published on September 28.

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