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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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RDG launches Britain Runs on Rail campaign

CrossCountry 221127 and ScotRail 170412 at Haymarket. RICHARD CLINNICK.

A major new campaign aimed at raising awareness of investment in Britain’s railway - and why it is needed - was launched on September 14.

Britain Runs on Rail has been created by the Rail Delivery Group with the aim of prompting a public debate about a range of issues the railway must tackle.

It will explore how to balance taxpayer and funding of the railway, how to reform fares regulation to make it easier for passengers to buy the cheapest fares, how to modernise the railway to meet growing passenger expectations, where to focus investment on capacity, and how to improve the industry’s structure.

RDG Chief Executive Paul Plummer said: “We all know it’s been a difficult few months for the railway, and there are many challenges still ahead that we need to confront. It’s time we had an open and honest conversation with the wider public - passengers, freight users and taxpayers - about the tough choices Government, the industry and the country face if we are going to deliver the railway Britain needs and passengers want."

  • For more on this story, read RAIL 810, published on September 28.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 20/09/2016 00:55

    I do think it is a good idea. But most passengers want British Rail back as they want British Rail to return and to provide better services and to re-nationalise the whole railway network for the UK.

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