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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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Wales seeks control of inter-city services

Inter-city trains serving Wales should be controlled by the Welsh Assembly Government, according to WAG Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport  Ken Skates.

Speaking last week, he said: “Earlier this year I called on the UK Government to allow the Welsh Government to take on responsibility for the franchising of inter-city services between Wales and the rest of the UK. Given the considerable benefits we have achieved, and the success of the process we have created, I would like to reiterate that call.” 

These services are currently operated by Great Western Railway, while CrossCountry operates regional trains. 

Skates said: “Following the curtailed electrification of the Great Western Main Line, Cardiff to London journey times will at best be 1hr 45mins, the same as 30 years ago, and Swansea will still be 2hrs 45mins. 

“Outside of the agreement to transfer the Valley Lines to us, we rely on the UK Government to provide funding for enhancements to the rail network in Wales, and I have already set out my expectations and overarching needs for the network.”

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  • Graham Pyatt - 14/06/2018 14:58

    So, putting the boot on the other foot, he wants the WAG to control services predominantly in England. what planet is he on?

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    • milan - 19/06/2018 21:22

      they must be stupid the trains run mainly in uk not wales so i see no point taking control.

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