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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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NR seeks fourth track north of Huntingdon

A fourth track on the East Coast Main Line north of Huntingdon is on the cards, after Network Rail submitted a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) to the Secretary of State for Transport for approval on January 26.

The line would be installed north of Huntingdon and run to Woodwalton, near Peterborough. It would allow slower trains to be overtaken.

If approved, the TWAO would authorise the closure of Abbots Ripton bridleway level crossing, with a diversionary bridleway level crossing replacing it. This follows a public consultation last September. The diversion would be completed in summer 2018.

NR said that combined with planned junction upgrades at Werrington (near Peterborough) and Doncaster, the fourth track would improve capacity on the ECML.

 

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