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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 claims performance highs

Greater Anglia says that in the four-week period from March 3-31, punctuality in parts of its network was the highest in years.

Overall, the Public Performance Measure (PPM) for the operator in the period was 91%, but that of inter-city trains between Norwich and London was 93.1% - one of the top four months for performance in the last 20 years.

On the Great Eastern Main Line between Liverpool Street and Essex and Suffolk, the PPM of 93.6% is said to have been the best for almost six years. Punctuality on its rural lines was 90.5%, but on some routes higher than 96%. However, performance was 86.7% on the West Anglia route to Cambridge, and 78.3% on Norwich-Cambridge - the lowest of any of its routes.

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  • Jon Jones - 15/04/2019 18:34

    Perhaps greater Anglia would like to run trains at weekends which they haven't done all year. They've even cancelled all trains for a week in May between southend and wickford meaning thousands of commuters can't get to work. Useless bunch.

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  • Marcus Shingler - 15/04/2019 22:06

    This is a joke, I use later Anglia every day! They are always late but the figures are cooked by allowing them 15 minute delays on 30 minute journeys! Absolute joke and con!!

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