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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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GTR consults on 2018 timetable changes

GTR 387109 at London Blackfriars on May 24. RICHARD CLINNICK.

Govia Thameslink Railway is consulting passengers on a major recast of its timetables from 2018, when the Thameslink programme is due to be completed.

The number of services through central London will increase which, it is claimed, will mean 80% more peak-time seats, while new direct services will operate between Brighton, Gatwick Airport and Cambridge. New Thameslink routes through London Bridge from the Medway towns are also planned, along with new trains and more frequent metro services for Great Northern.

Services currently operated by Southern from Littlehampton, Horsham and East Grinstead to London Bridge will transfer to Thameslink in 2018, continuing through central London to Bedford and Peterborough. New direct trains will run from Cambridge and Peterborough to Gatwick Airport and beyond, with additional direct services to Maidstone from Cambridge. The number of Peterborough semi-fast trains will double, as will Cambridge semi-fast and stopping off-peak services. 

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

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 20/09/2016 10:09

    Will Class 700's be used on other routes that Thameslink could impose the Class 700's to be used on other routes apart from currently being operated on Bedford-Brighton & Three Bridges, London Bridge-Brighton & Three Bridges, Luton-Wimbledon & Sutton and St. Albans-Sutton routes.

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  • Noam Bleicher - 20/09/2016 10:27

    I'm not sure what you mean Andrew. Could you please break your post up into sentences, or bullet points?

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    • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 21/09/2016 01:46

      Whatever Noam.

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      • Jon - 21/09/2016 23:29

        I don't get it Andrew. People want to help you, but you throw it back in their faces. And then you get surprised when the same people get fed up with you?

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        • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 22/09/2016 01:23

          Well tough. Dont judge me then.

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          • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 22/09/2016 01:26

            Just ignore on what I said. Cant be that hard to ignore me.

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