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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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Plan submitted for £18.6 million station at Soham

An £18.6 million single-platform station at Soham could be open in around two years, after Network Rail submitted a planning application to East Cambridgeshire District Council.

A funding package was announced last September by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. Subject to gaining approval, construction should be finished in spring 2022. 

The station will feature a 102-metre platform that can accommodate four-car trains, plus waiting shelters, lighting, information screens and a public address system. 

Greater Anglia will serve the station on its Ipswich-Peterborough route.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 905, published on May 20, and available digitally from May 16.

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