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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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The number of escalators on Crossrail escalates

More than half of all escalators on the Crossrail project have been installed, with a special timelapse video released showing the progress.

Seventeen escalators have been fully commissioned at Canary Wharf station, and the framework for a further 37 has been completed at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon and Liverpool Street stations. These have a combined length of 1,603 metres, equivalent to one mile of escalators, according to Crossrail.

In total, 81 escalators will be installed and commissioned at nine stations between Paddington and Woolwich (a total of 2,802 metres). The longest will be at Bond Street (60 metres), carrying passengers from Hanover Square near Oxford Street to platform level 25.7 metres below. Liverpool Street will be home to the shortest (18.5 metres), taking passengers from street level to the Broadgate ticket hall.

All 81 escalators have been installed at a 30° incline and will travel at 0.5m per second - apart from Canary Wharf, which will travel at 0.75m per second as these have one less flat step at the top.

Additionally, 54 lifts are being stalled across the nine stations. All 40 stations on the Elizabeth Line (as Crossrail will be known) will have step-free access. 

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 18/08/2017 02:41

    Its coming along very nicely. Can't wait till the Elizabeth Line does officially open late next year.

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  • Melvyn - 19/08/2017 21:57

    These films show how the major upgrades can be done more efficiently if over site buildings are demolished leaving the possibility of creating a large hole through which escalators and lifts can be built before new buildings are erected. I acknowledge that Crossrail was a special project but somehow The Mayor and TFL need to develop a method of taking advantage of redevelopment when they occur above stations or close enough to create a new entrance. This advantage was used at Euston Square Station where an above Station development includes lifts from street to platform level on westbound platform with a similar scheme at Cannon Street Station again only on the westbound platform. However, given how inaccessible Underground is every scheme helps !

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  • Robert Wakeham - 20/08/2017 15:23

    Why, I wonder, the difference at Canary Wharf? how does 'one less flat step at the top' relate to a higher escalator travel speed?

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