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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 reports another increase in traffic carried

September was an 11th consecutive record-breaking month for Eurotunnel, with the company reporting an 11% increase in traffic compared with September 2015 (with 136,590 vehicles transported).

For the period January-September 2016 there was a 12% increase in traffic compared with the corresponding nine-month period in 2015.

For cars, passenger shuttle traffic increased by 5% compared with September last year, with 217,014 vehicles transported. For January-September there was a 1% increase in traffic compared with the same period last year.

However, there was a drop in the number of coaches transported - 11% for September 2016 compared with the same period last year. For January-September this year there was a 10% decline compared with last year’s figures.


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