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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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Crossrail “back on track”, but public trust must be restored

“We know we have much to do to win back the trust of Londoners, but all our focus is on ensuring we deliver a railway that is safe, reliable and exceptional.”

That was the message from Crossrail Chief Executive Mark Wild on December 17, in an update from Transport for London regarding the project.

The line should have opened fully throughout in December 2019. Wild added: “This railway is now firmly back on track and will open as soon as practically possible in 2021.”

Wild said of Crossrail in 2019: “The project has made significant progress during 2019 with many of the stations now nearing completion and fit-out of the tunnels almost complete.

“There are no short cuts to completing this railway. We must do a proper job and complete the Elizabeth Line to the highest standards of safety and reliability.”

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 895, published January 2, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from December 28.

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