British Groups are Calling on the Government to Rescue the “Eurostar” Railway Company
British groups are calling on the government to rescue the “Eurostar” railway company, which was affected by the Corona virus crisis.
he British lobby group “London First” called on the government to participate in saving the railway company “Eurostar” and take “quick action to protect its future” after it was damaged by the closure of the borders due to the Corona virus, as the platforms and facilities of the company in Paris, London and Brussels became almost deserted. The activities of “Eurostar” have been greatly reduced, as it now operates only one flight per day between Paris and London, after it used to organize two trips per hour per day at peak times, before the pandemic.
British groups called on the government to participate in saving the “Eurostar” railway company operating across the Channel, which was damaged by the closure of the borders due to the Covid-19 epidemic, according to media reports.
The London First lobby group said in a letter to British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, which Bloomberg News was able to see, that Eurostar needs “quick action to protect its future.” And this message was signed by 25 officials and academics.
Until recently, Eurostar was a symbol of the ease with which express trains could operate in Europe. But the company found itself paralyzed by the Coronavirus crisis, and its own platforms and facilities in Paris, London and Brussels are almost deserted.
Currently, the company offers only one flight per day between Paris and London, while Eurostar used to organize two flights per hour during the peak periods before the pandemic.
“Eurostar is in a critical position, and I can say it is very critical,” Christophe Vanishet, CEO of SNCF, which owns the largest stake in Eurostar, said on January 15th. He explained that the company lost 85 percent of its passengers in 2020 and is “continuing thanks to financial support.”
And there are also tightening restrictions on movement: Now, Paris is asking travelers from the United Kingdom to show a negative test for Covid-19 before departure, followed by a seven-day quarantine in France and then a second test, while Britain has adopted new quarantine measures.