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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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You could be visiting Rail Live 2021 by train

RAIL is excited to announce the possibility of a passenger shuttle service that will enable railway colleagues from far and wide to attend the much-anticipated Rail Live event at Long Marston (Warwickshire) on June 16-17 by train.

The service is still to be confirmed, but colleagues at Network Rail and Great Western Railway are working hard behind the scenes to provide a passenger shuttle between Worcester Shrub Hill, Worcestershire Parkway and the Rail Live site at Long Marston.

This will enable passengers from as far away as York, Newcastle, Birmingham, Bristol and many other locations to reach Rail Live with just a single train change.

And anyone driving to the show who doesn’t want to navigate the rural roads around Long Marston will be able to drive to Worcestershire Parkway and use the shuttle service for the final leg of their journey.

The intention is for a two- or three-car Turbostar to run the shuttle on the first day of the event and an Intercity Express Train on the second. Booking will be solely through GWR, with details and confirmation to follow as soon as possible.

“This is a fantastic idea from GWR and we are being as supportive as we can in making this happen,” said RAIL Managing Editor & Events Director Nigel Harris.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 928, published on April 7, and available digitally from April 3. 
  • We have published a safety guide here for those wishing to attend Rail Live. 


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  • Neil Shearer - 10/04/2021 12:25

    I am looking forward to seeing you at the event

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