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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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Campaigners put the case for BML2 to Transport Minister

Brighton & Hove City Council Conservative Group Leader Geoffrey Theobald has met with Transport Minister Claire Perry to “highlight the increasingly strong economic case” for Brighton Main Line (BML2), and “the fundamental problems of lack of capacity and lack of a quick and reliable alternative”.

The BML2 campaign group is seeking a second rail corridor from London to Brighton and neighbouring towns. Theobald said repeated closures of the Brighton line show “how desperately we need a second direct route between our city and the capital”.

He added: “It is baffling in the extreme that BML2 is barely even mentioned in Network Rail’s Route Study. Longer and more frequent trains are no help when the line is closed.

“There is no doubt that the current government understands the economic imperative for investing in new rail infrastructure, but unless the nettle is grasped over BML2, Brighton & Hove, and the whole of Sussex, is in danger of getting stuck in a siding.”

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