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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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MP urges for West Anglia not to be overlooked

379006 at Bishops Stortford. RICHARD CLINNICK.

West Anglia Main Line Taskforce Chairman Sir Alan Haselhurst MP told the East Anglia Rail Summit at Westminster on September 7 summit that East Anglia faces a tale of two halves, and stressed the need for ‘weak links’ to Stratford and from Norwich to Cambridge to be more substantial.

He also highlighted northeast London, which he called the most neglected in the city: “Stansted Airport has a lot to gain. The only spare air capacity is at Stansted, and that means that the airport link needs to have much extra traffic.”

He said the WAML Taskforce wants the railway four-tracked between Copper Mill Junction and Broxbourne Junction, saying: “It should have been done in 1985 when the route to Stansted was planned. It has been neglected.”

And he described Stansted Express as a hindrance to the operations of the airport, because of the level of service available.

Haselhurst, the MP for Saffron Walden, said the four-tracking would be a precursor to Crossrail 2, but acknowledged that other factors may be an issue.

  • To read much more on this story, read RAIL 810, published on September 28.
  • For more EXCLUSIVE content from the summit, read RAIL 810, published on September 28.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 23/09/2016 15:10

    So it could be a split franchise as Abellio could see 2 franchises being split. Would that mean Abellio Greater Anglia could be split into 2 which could be renamed as Abellio East Anglia (East Anglia rail franchise) and Abellio West Anglia (West Anglia rail franchise) which could also see Stansted Express franchise to also split or to be part of the West Anglia franchise.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 23/09/2016 15:13

    Even though Crossrail 2 will take over the Hertford East branch line and to Broxbourne and possibly Harlow Town and Stansted Airport and to upgrade the railway line between Tottenham Hale and Broxbourne from 2 tracks to 4 tracks and to double track the Hertford East line between St. Margret's, Ware and Hertford East.

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