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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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New committee to control rail policing in Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced a new committee to oversee railway policing north of the border - putting an end to controversial plans to merge the Scottish section of the British Transport Police (BTP) with Police Scotland.

The Scottish Railways Policing Committee will review and report on the planning and performance of policing on the rail network, as well as on co-operation and “close working” between the two police forces. It will also scrutinise BTP’s work to engage stakeholders and the public.

Humza Yousaf, the Scottish Government’s Transport Secretary, said: “This is a complex piece of work and represents a great step forward for the accountability and transparency of railway policing in Scotland. It will also ensure the continued safety and security of the travelling public.”

Under plans brought forward by the SNP-controlled Scottish Government, it had been intended that Police Scotland would take over patrolling the railways from April this year. This followed legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament in 2017.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 884, published on July 31, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from July 27.

     

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  • Colin Redman - 28/07/2019 11:48

    Humza Yousaf is the Cabinet Secretary for Justice in Scotland, not Transport Secretary. Keep up, please.

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