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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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HS2 offers glimpse of Old Oak Common’s future

HS2 Ltd has released the latest images of its Old Oak Common interchange station, as preparatory works continue at the site.

The station is being designed by a team led by WSP and architects WilkinsonEyre, and is expected to handle 250,000 passengers per day.

Six 450 metre-long platforms will be built for HS2 within a 1km underground box (similar to Stratford International on High Speed 1). The underground station will connect HS2 with Crossrail, with provision for future services to Wales and the West of England. A new public park will be built above them. An above-ground concourse will link the two halves of the station.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 872, published on February 13, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from February 9.
  • For an in-depth look at Old Oak Common, read RAIL 873, published on February 27, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from February 23.

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  • James - 05/02/2019 18:50

    To make Old Oak Common a truly connected hub for London, and not just Central London, what is needed is to divert the Bakerloo Line and the Central Line to it. That and to bring the North London Line much closer so that it is an attractive interchange. That way it serves London's Suburbs and not just central London.

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  • Geordie - 17/02/2019 08:54

    Another waste of taxpayers money

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  • W blouet - 21/03/2019 13:44

    It is imperative that hs2 is built if we are to remain a world class leading country,infrastructure of this kind must be built, or we will be left behind

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