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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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National Rail Awards 2018: STATION OF THE YEAR (LARGE) Winner: Ipswich – Greater Anglia

This station is a winner because it has been transformed in recent years into what judges describe as an impressive county railhead. Ipswich has been well modernised and includes an excellent transport interchange, together with generous bicycle and car parking facilities. The complex rail interchanges between five routes are handled well by the station’s proactive staff and good information.

Situated in Suffolk, on the Great Eastern Main Line, the station serves approximately 3.3 million passengers per year.

Ipswich station was opened on its current site in 1860, following relocation from its 1846 site and original name - Ipswich Stoke Hill. The station is just to the north of Stoke Tunnel, which was constructed as part of the Ipswich to Ely Line.

The station also has a number of goods facilities with private sidings and extensive railways in the docks.

  • For FULL coverage of the National Rail Awards, read RAIL 862, published on September 26, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle on September 22.

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  • Keith turner - 18/09/2018 23:24

    Is this a piss take? Clearly those judging have never been there at 7pm when all the commuters get home! There's nowhere near enough parking for pick-up/drop off. The roads get gridlocked from every direction. Oh but there's loads of room for the buses and taxis (which nobody uses). Yet another cluster-fuck into the mixer that is the nightmare traffic around town! Rant over!

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    • Hector - 28/04/2020 10:35

      🤔 hmm interesting post. Clearly not impressed with the remotely expressed view.

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  • Tim - 17/10/2018 11:44

    As someone who has just moved to Ipswich I can't tell you what a pleasant surprise the station has been compared to my old one in W. london. Clean smart, spacious, lots of staff, easy pick up and drop off, lots of buses, list goes on. Grass is greener in Ipswich. IO f you wnat soemtihing to complain of try Staines.

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