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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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No change to service reliability with derogations - DfT

Government claims there is not expected to be any change to the reliability of services as a result of improvements to the accessibility of trains.

Currently all fleets must be fully accessible by December 31 2019 or they cannot be used. Already operators are seeking derogations due to delays to new trains and refurbishment plans.

Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani, in a Commons Written Reply on September 4, said: “There is not expected to be any change to reliability of services due to improvements to accessibility of trains. Indeed the modern trains which are transforming journey’s for all passengers on our network today are fully accessible and reliable.”

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  • Martin Coffee - 01/01/2020 20:27

    My experience of facilities with automated doors and retention tanks are they are less reliable. Unfortunately statistics of services with defective toilets are not kept so this flasehood cannot be proved wither way.

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