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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 (SMALL) Winner: Aberdour – ScotRail

Aberdour station is in the village of the same name in Fife (Scotland) and is situated on the Fife Circle Line. It was opened in 1890 as part of the approach routes linking the Edinburgh and Northern Railway to the then new Forth Rail Bridge. It then became part of the London and North Eastern Railway during the Grouping of 1923, before passing to the Scottish Region of British Railways upon nationalisation in 1948.

The station is served by two trains per hour on weekdays, serving around 125,000 passengers per year, and has won several awards over the years for its gardens.

The NRA judges said that Aberdour offers the ultimate small station experience. Its extensive gardens join seamlessly into the village and the whole local community seems to support its local station. Its welcoming staff have become ambassadors for Scotland and ScotRail, and the judges said it made them feel as though they were on a film set!

  • 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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