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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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RSC urges GWR to provide Stratford improvements

The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust have written a joint letter to Great Western Railway Managing Director Mark Hopwood, urging him to improve services between London and Stratford-upon-Avon should GWR retain the Great Western franchise.

In the letter, sent on August 7, the RSC and SBT ask for the introduction of direct services from London Paddington to the Warwickshire town to be included in GWR’s bid to run the franchise beyond April 2020.

They call the existing Stratford-London Marylebone service run by Chiltern Railways “woefully inadequate” for an international tourist destination, with just three direct services on weekdays and a shuttle service to Leamington provided for additional connections.

With only 6% of Stratford’s 9.8 million annual tourists currently arriving by rail, they say there is considerable scope to increase rail journeys by 402,000 a year. They say it would be worth some £22.5 million to the town’s economy. 

  • Read the FULL story in RAIL 860, published on August 29, and available digitally on Android/iPad from August 25.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 18/08/2018 01:08

    With Class 802's entering service in Cornwall from next week. And Class 800's operating on long distance services which could see them operating the London Paddington-Stratford-upon-Avon service with connections at Leamington Spa and Banbury.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 19/08/2018 22:16

    Stratford-upon-Avon would see a Class 800 IET reached its destination from London Paddington. As the Class 800’s and Class 802’s are replacing the older trains such as the Class 43 HSTs. In which GWR will retain some of the HST Class 43’s on some services including Cardiff Central-Penzance & Plymouth and Cardiff Central-Bristol Temple Meads & Exeter St. Davis.

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