ProRail, NS, Eurostar, Avanti West Coast and Youth for Sustainable Travel have unveiled plans to run a special Climate Train to the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow.
The package of £250 million mainly consists of additional equity and loans from a syndicate of banks guaranteed by the shareholders. Partners include the French state railway group SNCF and Patina Rail.
Eurostar has criticised a new support scheme for airports, arguing rail operators have been unfairly excluded. The company said it had seen a 95 per cent fall in demand due to Covid-19.
Eurostar has opened sales for connecting journeys from London to the French Alps. Tickets are now available for travel from December 13th until January 3rd next year.
Organisations signed up to the portal will also gain access to tailored content as well as exclusive promotional fares, ensuring they are being rewarded.
Eurostar chief executive Mike Cooper has confirmed he will step down from the role to take over as leader of European passenger transport operator Arriva. He will take up the new post in October.
Eurostar has relaunched direct services to Disneyland Paris. Travellers can arrive at the gates of the attraction just over two and a half hours after leaving the centre of London, with a fast, comfortable and family-friendly journey.
For these services to operate, existing agreements between the UK, France and Belgium signed in 1993 have been modified to include the Netherlands.
Eurostar is offering travellers more flexibility on bookings, with all fares now available to exchange with no fee, up to 14 days before departure.
The train operator said a face covering should be worn at all stations and onboard, in line with guidelines announced by the French and Belgian governments.
Eurostar saw a 20 per cent decrease in traffic in the first quarter of 2020 with nearly two million passengers travelling. The reduction in traffic is partly explained through the impact of the SNCF strike against pension reform in January.
Eurostar has confirmed its London-Amsterdam service will operate fully direct both to and from the Netherlands from the end of April.