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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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EXCLUSIVE: Regulator “happy” with LSL Coronavirus railtour plans

Locomotive Services Limited has provided further details to RAIL about the steps it is taking to ensure its charters can run safely during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking exclusively to RAIL on board Saphos Trains’ first charter, July 15’s ‘Fellsman’ from Crewe to Carlisle and return, LSL Service Delivery Manager Steve Finn dismissed claims that by not requiring passengers to wear coverings on its charters the Crewe-based company is flouting Government guidance regarding face coverings on trains.

“If there was any way we were breaking Government guidelines we wouldn’t be operating. We’re not the sort of company to do that, and I don’t think you would risk your operations by letting all the world see that you’re breaking the Government guidelines,” Finn told RAIL.

He added that the company’s procedures have been approved by the Office of Rail and Road: “Every bit of paperwork we’ve produced - we have a quality management procedure for returning to work - Karen Barnes has a copy of and she is happy with what we’re doing."

  • For the FULL story including further procedures being carried out by LSL, read RAIL 910, published on July 29, and available digitally from July 25.


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