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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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c2c named UK's most reliable operator

c2c, operated by National Express, is the UK’s most punctual rail company, according to the latest figures released by Network Rail.

In the four weeks to November 8 (the last day of c2c’s old franchise), 96.9% of its trains arrived on time. This was more than any other UK train operator, and compares with the UK average of 84.5% punctuality.

Over the past year, c2c’s overall punctuality stands at 96.3% - again the best performance in the country.

  • For more information, see RAIL 762, published on November 26. 

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  • michael baker - 18/11/2014 05:37

    so it should one of the smallest francises travelling on mainy exclusive lines with fairly new rolling stock. still 96.3% on time over a year is fairly impressive!!

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