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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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Manchester Metrolink's new £350 million Trafford Park Line to open in April

Transport for Greater Manchester confirmed the £350 million Trafford Park Line (TPL) will open seven months earlier than planned.

Testing of the route began on December 19, with Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham joining other stakeholders to take a short ride on the route.

He said: “TPL was the first project to benefit from the devolution deal and is a shining example of what we can achieve with the right powers and funding.

“There is no doubt it is a blueprint for how Greater Manchester could run other transport systems in the future and represents a key step forward on our journey towards a more integrated, London-style transport system.”

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 896, published January 15, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from January 11.

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