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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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Ludeman joins HS1 as chairman designate

Former Go-Ahead Group Chief Executive Keith Ludeman has been named as High Speed 1 Ltd’s chairman designate. He joined the company’s board on April 30 and will succeed outgoing chairman Rob Holden in September.

Ludeman was involved in the introduction of domestic high-speed services on HS1. He said: “High Speed 1 has never been more popular, with strong demand for Southeastern high speed services, and new international routes just launched with Eurostar. I am looking forward to working with Dyan Crowther and the board to guide the company through the next phase of development of this vital UK asset.”

Holden said stepping down from his role at HS1 will bring to an end his 22-year association with the UK’s first high-speed railway.

“From 1996, when the railway was known as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, and was a paper design, I have been privileged to lead great teams of people through construction, commissioning, the Royal opening in 2007 and operation,” he said.

  • To read about three new routes from St Pancras International, read RAIL 852, published on May 9, and available digitally on Android and iPad from May 5.

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