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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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More Southern services restored

Southern 377162 at Clapham Junction. RICHARD CLINNICK.

Southern Railway restored more services to its emergency timetable from September 19.

It reinstated a full timetable from Tonbridge and Reigate to London Victoria, and restored a full service from Redhill to Victoria and London Bridge.

Some South London Metro services and trains on the West London Line to Watford were restored two weeks earlier.

Southern Passenger Services Director Alex Foulds said more routes would be added in the coming weeks.

“The temporary revised weekday timetable has been delivering a more consistent, reliable service,” he said. “Now we are steadily reintroducing trains and will continue to do so until the entire timetable is back in place.”

The emergency timetable has been in place since July 11. Some 341 trains a day were cancelled until September 5, amounting to 15% of the Southern and Gatwick Express service. That figure is now down to around 10%, with approximately 200 trains a day still cancelled. 

  • To read more on the Southern situation, read RAIL 810, published on September 28.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 20/09/2016 00:13

    It sounds like Southern are on the mind. With bringing back services so that they can continue to operate usual services and also to introduce the London Bridge-Eastbourne service with some Class 442's to be kept for those routes.

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    • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 20/09/2016 00:18

      mend*

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