Close Close

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?

View the poll

London Waterloo busiest UK station

London Waterloo has retained its position as the busiest station in Great Britain as top stations continue to attract growing numbers of passengers, according to reveal statistics published by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR).

Station usage statistics for April 2013 - March 2014 estimate that there were 98,442,742 entries and exits made by passengers at Waterloo station – an increase of 2.6% compared with 2012-2013 figures. London Victoria comes second with 81,356,330 entries and exits (an increase of 5.2%) and London Liverpool Street third with 63,004,002 (up 7.8%).

The biggest climber this year in the top ten stations was London Euston which had 41,911,706 entries and exits – a 9.4% jump on last year.

Eight out of the top ten busiest stations in Britain were located in London, with Birmingham New Street coming in eighth (34,748,984 entries and exits, up 8.3%) and Leeds in tenth place (27,729,453 entries and exits, up 5.8%).

  • For more information, see RAIL 764, published on December 24.

Comment as guest

Login  /  Register


No comments have been made yet.

RAIL is Britain's market leading modern railway magazine.

Download the app

Related content