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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 progress at Abbey Wood

Network Rail and Crossrail have released images showing progress with construction of the new station at Abbey Wood as work enters its final stages.

The new station will be run by Transport for London and will open to passengers using existing Southeastern services later this year and will also serve the Elizabeth Line when it opens in December 2018.

Over the last four years, NR has been working in Abbey Wood to build the new station and upgrade the existing railway. NR has expanded the railway through Abbey Wood from two to four tracks, built two new platforms and installed overhead line equipment that will be used by Elizabeth Line trains.

The images of the new station, designed to resemble a manta ray from above, features a timber structure roof and a glass façade.  The timber roof has been built using 31 tonnes of steel beams, the four largest timber beams are 45 metres long and the roof is finished off with a zinc covering.

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 11/09/2017 03:17

    Network Rail workers working hard as usual to get the revamped and refurbished Abbey Wood railway station in Southeast London reopened very soon. Even though the Elizabeth Line will not open until late next year. But in the mean time. Abbey Wood station does look much nicer, modern and brighter than it was before.

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