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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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Sheffield lays groundwork for tram-train schemes

One million passengers have used the Sheffield tram-train in the first year of its trial, according to South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE).

Celebrating the milestone on October 25, Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis said: “We’re proud to be leading the way with light rail innovation, and other towns and cities are looking to use our technology as a blueprint for similar schemes.”

Light Rail Minister Baroness Vere said the pilot scheme had brought together innovation, leading technology and existing infrastructure to give passengers better journeys.

“It lays the groundwork for more ambitious transport schemes right across the country,” she said.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 891, published on November 6, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from November 2.

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  • Douglas Taylor - 29/10/2019 12:40

    I'm so pleased about this.but why does the swerve between Rotherham and Sheffield is not as good .surely you must have had complains from people living Rotherham always loose out suppened due weather conditions then signal people's. Not enough parking space at parkgate in the service

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