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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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Tim O'Neill to speak at RAIL’s National Rail Conference

Systra's Chief Executive Tim O'Neill will give the keynote speech at RAIL’s National Rail Conference at the Midland Hotel in Manchester on November 1.

There have been some high profile successes and high profile failures in the UK Rail industry over the last few years. What is it that makes the difference between success and failure on our railway infrastructure projects? In our experience (both good and bad) it is collaboration that enables project success, but collaboration itself must be enabled. In this presentation, we will look at how to create an environment where collaboration thrives and describe the key elements, without which, projects have a significant chance of failure.

Sponsored by Alstom and co-sponsors Systra and Morson International, The North: Leading the Way conference will feature speakers from across the industry to deliver key insight into the future of the railway in the North.

Also speaking at the National Rail Conference are:

  • Sir Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City Council
  • Henrik Anderberg, HS2 Director and MD Regional, Intercity & Services, Alstom Transport
  • Mark Carne, Chief Executive, Network Rail
  • Alex Hynes, Managing Director, Arriva Rail North

And many more… To read the full list, visit here

BOOK NOW to secure your place at this significant event for rail in the North.



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