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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 (MAJOR) Winner: London Bridge – Network Rail

This has given the UK a new ‘Cathedral’ station in place of a mundane and congested legacy, said the NRA judges. Serving around 55 million passengers a year, the vast new concourse and generous escalators allow for faster interchanges, while the full-length canopies on 15 platforms are both customer-friendly and expedite departures. The extra street accesses are already well used and staffed by proactive staff who volunteer assistance.

London Bridge station was originally opened in 1836, making it the oldest of the London railway termini that are still in use. It was comprehensively redeveloped between 2009 and 2017 as part of the Thameslink Programme, which included rebuilding all of the platforms, the addition of two new street-level entrances and changes to the passenger concourses and retail facilities.

It is the fourth-busiest station in the UK.

  • 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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