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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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Edinburgh Trams scores highly in light rail survey

Trams 275 and 266 at Haymarket. RICHARD CLINNICK.

Edinburgh Trams has the most satisfied light rail passengers in the country, with 99% of those surveyed by Transport Focus (TF) claiming to be happy with their journeys.

Six light rail networks were surveyed by TF, and all scored satisfaction levels of 90% or greater. Midland Metro showed the greatest improvement, up from 82% in 2015 to 92% in 2016. Only Sheffield Supertram showed a decline in passenger satisfaction, although its level was still 91%.

The most important factor for passengers is punctuality, with satisfaction overall rising by two percentage points (pp) to 88%. Walking time to and from tram stops also improved, up 4pp to 88%.

  • For more on this subject, read RAIL 829, published on June 21.

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  • Manchester Mike - 14/06/2017 15:19

    I believe local bus routes were rerouted to terminate at tram stations, making the tram much more efficient and effective. Radical thinking from the Scots eh?

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