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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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DfT reviews Southeastern capacity plans

Proposals made by Southeastern for additional capacity have been rejected by the Department for Transport.

Rail Minister Paul Maynard told Heidi Alexander (Labour, Lewisham East) in a Commons Written Reply that the DfT’s investment board had considered the proposals in December, but concluded that the plans were not deliverable as previously proposed, principally because depot-related costs have escalated “significantly”.

With this in mind, Maynard added: “As a result, the Department has asked Southeastern and GTR (both owned by Govia) to work together to provide alternative workable solutions for offering additional extra capacity in Southeastern for 2017, including credible stabling options.”

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