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The latest rail news on Thursday, 27th May 2021
Taxpayers could foot the bill for an enduring post-pandemic slump in Eurostar services over the next four years.
That’s according to an article in The Times that says Eurostar services will recover to just half of their pre-COVID levels by March next year and will not return to pre-pandemic levels until 2025, a report by the owner of the HS1 rail line suggested.
Two train companies, Eurostar and Southeastern, pay fees to use the high-speed line between London and Folkestone.
The report noted that the impact of reduced domestic services on HS1’s revenue “is almost entirely mitigated by the contractual underpin provided by the Department for Transport”.
The article says that according to The Daily Telegraph, up to £20 million a year of costs from Eurostar services can be transferred to Southeastern.
The boss of the transport operator Go-Ahead is to leave the business after 10 years in the role.
The article in the i paper says David Brown told shareholders yesterday that he intends to retire at the end of the year.
The company, which runs Govia Thameslink Railway and Southeastern, said it has launched a process to find his successor and will provide an update in due course.
Flexible season tickets for eight days each month will only be 20 per cent cheaper than passes that give commuters unlimited travel, Grant Shapps has revealed.
An article in The Daily Telegraph says the Transport Secretary has insisted that sweeping reforms to Britain’s railways will make services cheaper and punctual.
But it has been suggested that the discounts will not be enough to lure commuters back to the railways.
Finally, the Highland Council’s planning committee has unanimously approved proposals which will see a new railway station built at Inverness Airport.
The plans for this station will see the construction of a two-platform station on the Aberdeen-Inverness line, with step-free access via a footbridge with lifts, adjacent to Inverness Airport.
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