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The latest rail news on Wednesday, 27th January 2021
Rail operators that have missed out on subsidies from UK taxpayers should be bailed out alongside Eurostar, according to a Brussels-based industry body.
That is according to an article in The Daily Telegraph that says Allrail, whose members include the owner of the Channel Tunnel, as well as bus company Stagecoach, said operators such as Hull Trains and Grand Central should receive financial support if the Government steps in to rescue Eurostar.
Eurostar is in talks with the UK and French governments to secure rescue funding.
HS2 protestors have spent months secretly digging a dangerous 100ft tunnel near London’s Euston station.
An article in the Daily Mail says veteran activist Swampy is among a group burrowing into the ground in a bid to thwart their eviction from a make-shift protest camp.
HS2 spokesman said protests such as these are costly to the taxpayer and a danger to the safety of the protestors, HS2 staff, High Court enforcement officers and the general public, as well as putting unnecessary strain on the emergency services.
Scotland’s main train operator will reduce services from 80 to 65 per cent of normal from Monday.
The article in The Scotsman says it is expected to mean more than 300 trains being removed from the timetable to save money when passenger numbers are just 10 per cent of normal.
Operations director David Simpson told the paper they have constantly adapted the timetable throughout the pandemic to reflect restrictions in place at any given time, allowing those travelling to be able to rely on ScotRail.
Finally, and Great Western Railway has lit up a statue of the man known as the ‘British Schindler’ to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Sir Nicholas Winton’s statue at Maidenhead Station was illuminated by 669 candles to represent each of the children he helped rescue from Prague on the eve of World War Two.
Great Western Railway’s Business Assurance Director Joe Graham says: “The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Be the Light in the Darkness’, so we thought illuminating Sir Nicholas’ statue would be a poignant way of paying respect to a man to whom so many owe their lives.
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