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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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East Anglia to Oxford and beyond in ten years?

The long campaigned-for East West Rail project looks on course for completion in under ten years’ time.

Rapid progress is being made on the section between Bicester and Oxford Parkway (Phase 1 of the Western Section), while evaluation of the Bedford to Cambridge Central Section is progressing with a view to it being considered for inclusion in the Government’s programme for Control Period 6 (2019 to 2024).

Phase 1 was originally proposed by Chiltern Railways as part of its Evergreen 3 project, and the train operator will be contributing £131 million towards the overall cost of £332m.

Ballast is being laid on the new south-to-west chord at Bicester, which will link Oxford with the Chiltern Main Line to London Marylebone. Meanwhile, much of the route west of Bicester has been totally rebuilt, with significant sections of double track already laid to permit 100mph running.

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


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  • F Franks - 25/01/2016 21:46

    Phase 3 should consider the Cambridge to Colchester route as a potential for re-opening to provide an alternative for a slow cross country road and east west options from southern East Anglia avoiding London.

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