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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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Shenfield station ready for new Crossrail trains

Shenfield station, the eastern terminus of what will become the Elizabeth Line (as Crossrail will be known from December 2018), has been rebuilt ahead of the start of the new May timetable, when new Class 345s enter traffic.

TfL Rail trains have started serving the station, having been running only as far as Brentwood since January, while Shenfield was being rebuilt, and a new platform installed.

More than 200 new overhead line electrification posts have been installed to support 21,000 metres of new OLE fitted with auto tension systems designed to reduce heat-related speed restrictions. More than 5,000 metres of new track and 26 new switches have also been installed at the junction.

Three new sidings have been constructed north of the station to stable ‘345s’.

The new platform 6 is dedicated to the new Crossrail operations, while platform 5 has been extended to accommodate the longer ‘345s’.

  • For more on this, read RAIL 827, published on May 24.
  • For more on the Crossrail project, read RAIL 826, published on May 10.

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  • Geoff - 09/05/2017 09:19

    Great news. Been a long time coming but welcome development for this hub.

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  • AndrewG1989 - 10/05/2017 06:23

    Good news is that Southend Victoria trains will be using platform 4. Freeing up platform 3 for trains heading to Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester, Braintree, Ipswich and Norwich bound Intercity trains and freights passing through Shenfield. Without having any delays and congestion.

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  • John smith - 10/05/2017 11:00

    How long will it take to travel between prominent stations. I.e. From airport to main stations

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