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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 Southern MD urged to take DOO initiative by RMT

The RMT wrote to new Govia Thameslink Railway Managing Director Patrick Verwer on August 6, over the ‘axing of guards and rolling out of Driver Only Operation’.

The union wants Verwer to “take an early initiative” regarding the ongoing dispute on Southern, which is Britain’s longest-running industrial dispute. RMT called for a decision by August 9.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT members have been fighting to defend the principle of a safe, secure and accessible railway for all on Southern Rail for well over two years now. The arrival of a new Managing Director presents both sides with an opportunity to take a constructive approach, and work on an agreement that matches the best practice in the industry in the wake of recent settlements including the deal on Greater Anglia.”

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 14/08/2018 09:29

    Southern should be separated from GTR and to operate on their own as their own franchise since they suffered with so many disruptions and misery to passengers using Southern.

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