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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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Greater Anglia calls for digital signalling, four-tracking part of West Anglia Main Line, and upgrading junctions are among essential

90003 at Stratford. JACK BOSKETT.

Digital signalling, four-tracking a section of the West Anglia Main Line, and upgrading junctions are among essential rail infrastructure upgrades called for by the Anglian franchise holder on February 8.

Greater Anglia Managing Director Jamie Burles has written to stakeholders across the region, seeking their support in making the case to Government, ministers and other key decision-makers regarding investment.

Ten schemes have been identified as being vital for the next decade. GA believes these will help realise the full benefits of the introduction of 1,043 vehicles by 2021 and a new timetable from 2019.

  • To read more about this, including what the schemes are, read RAIL 820, published on February 15.
  • To read an EXCLUSIVE interview with Network Rail Anglia Route Managing Director Richard Schofield, read RAIL 821.

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