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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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Northern: regional schemes could ease ‘pinch-points’

Work is needed now on regional schemes to alleviate congestion pinch-points, rather than wait for promised bigger schemes such as Northern Powerhouse Rail.

Speaking exclusively to RAIL, Northern Managing Director David Brown said: “There are a number of things holding us back from being able to fully deliver what the original franchise offered.

“There are a number of congestion issues to deal with, as all operators are trying to run more trains.”

When Arriva took over the franchise, performance for April 2016 was 93.8% on-time running (delays of 0-5 minutes). Performance for the corresponding period three years later was 88.9%.

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