Eurostar train

Rail unions call public meeting over future of Eurostar

Eurostar train
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Rail unions have called a public meeting aimed at boosting support for the future of the Eurostar train service.

Officials fear the future of Eurostar is uncertain and want the Government to offer more backing to the service and its workers.

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Leaders of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA), Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) and drivers’ union Aslef will join environmental campaigners at the online meeting on August 4.

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TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “I strongly encourage anyone with an interest in rail services, climate change and travel to join this public meeting.”

Mr Cortes claimed Eurostar had been “abandoned” by the Government.

A Department for Transport spokesman said: “We recognise the significant financial challenges facing Eurostar as a result of COVID-19, however the Government has been clear that we expect Eurostar’s shareholders to exhaust all available measures to address its current financial challenges.

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“We are pleased that Eurostar’s shareholders and lenders have recently taken further steps to help secure the company’s future. We will continue to engage closely with Eurostar as we look to support the recovery of international travel.”

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