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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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Report presses commercial case for extended Borders link

The Scottish Borders needs a through route to maximise the potential of the region’s economy, according to a report by the Campaign for Borders Rail (CBR).

The Summary Case for a New Cross-Border Rail Link was published on May 30, and was being distributed to parliamentary candidates ahead of the General Election. It sets out the CBR’s commercial, social and economic cases for a new railway linking the existing Tweedbank terminus to the West Coast Main Line at Mossband, just north of Carlisle. 

CBR says the costs of reinstating the railway are a matter of future feasibility studies, but adds that at 2012 prices rebuilding the 56-mile line would cost £644 million. Of the reopened link, 41.5 miles are in Scotland and 14.5 miles are in England. CBR says that 96% of the disused trackbed remains unobstructed.

“This document will help inform the debate on preparing for the proposed railway through the Scottish Borders to Carlisle and beyond,” said CBR Chairman Allan McLean.

  • For more on this, read RAIL 828, published on June 7.

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  • FrankH - 30/05/2017 19:45

    Not enough earning potential to reopen the line. Roughly 40 mile to Hawick from Carlisle with Longtown and Langholm the only chance of passengers.

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    • Chris - 07/05/2018 17:43

      Expensive and not viable to extend through such a hinterland. Money should be used to improve existing transport options and serve the region as a whole.

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