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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 vision for Moor Street station revealed

The first images of what a redeveloped Birmingham Moor Street station might look like have been revealed by West Midlands Rail Executive.

These early designs form an integral part of WMRE’s ‘One Station’ concept to integrate Birmingham’s existing city centre stations at Moor Street and New Street with the new station for HS2 currently being built at nearby Curzon Street.

Proposals for Moor Street include more than doubling the size of the concourse, and the introduction of two new platforms.

WMRE says this is needed to accommodate an expected increase in passenger numbers from seven million to 12 million per year by 2043. Further increases are expected from the arrival of HS2 in 2026, and under Midland Connect’s Midlands Rail Hub proposals to increase the number of conventional services arriving from Hereford, Worcester, the South West and the East Midlands.

Plans for Moor Street include a new footbridge with access to every platform and a direct link to HS2 services at Curzon Street via a new public square.

A second entrance to the south of the station is also proposed, to avoid overcrowding and improve access to the Digbeth area of the city.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 875, published on March 27, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from March 23.

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  • Robert Sheppard - 23/03/2019 17:26

    Issue number875 should have arrived this morning .Instead I received another issue number874 . What's going on????

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