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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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NATIONAL RAIL AWARDS 2016: Safety Award, Joint Winner: Network Rail Wales - Rail Life

Trespass and vandalism have been a problem on the railways in Wales for a long time, causing delays and cancellations to passengers and costing a reported £583,000 in 2014. But there is also a human cost. In 2014, there were two trespass-related fatalities on the Wales route and there is is an average of 700 trespass crime events each year.

It was clear that action beyond previous projects was needed. The Rail Life initiative aims to reduce child and youth railway-related trespass and vandalism incidents to improve safety on the railway in Wales. The idea is to deliver an engaging rail safety message through education.

Working with a number of delivery partners, Rail Life delivers targeted safety messages in schools and through community engagement, and it’s working. There were no trespass-related fatalities on the route in 2015 and the Rail Life programme is now fully embedded in the main secondary school qualification in Wales.

 

Judges’ Comments

“This is an unusually comprehensive project. It appears to be working well to reduce child and youth railway-related trespass and vandalism. As it is often TOCs operating in this area it is interesting to see this involvement from NR.”

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