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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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TSGN franchise under review

Government is actively considering the future of the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise, according to Rail Minister Andrew Jones.

Responding to a Commons Written Question from Joan Ryan (Labour, Enfield North), regarding the transfer of commuter services to Transport for London as proposed in 2017’s Gibb Report, Jones said on December 12: “Building on the Strategic Vision for Rail, the Department is actively considering the future of the TSGN franchise.

“It is doing this working closely with the Williams Rail Review which, as part of its work, is examining the most appropriate organisational and commercial models for the future railway. This work is at an early stage and nothing is off the table.”

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 22/12/2018 15:49

    When will Great Northern start using the Class 717 in service on the Northern City Line to/from Moorgate-Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage, Hertford North and Letchworth Garden City that the Class 717 will be replacing the Class 313. So far 1 Class 717 are only working as far as Gordon Hill. And with some of the Class 313 are to be sent to Newport, Wales for scrap as some have already been transported to Newport for scrap.

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