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Eurostar looks to cut costs with reduced hours and part-time working

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Eurostar is looking to reduce its payroll costs through the introduction of reduced hours and more part-time working ‘wherever possible throughout 2021’, in a move which the cross-Channel high speed operator said was intended to protect jobs at a time when ‘the impact of Covid-19 has led to an unprecedented fall in demand across the travel industry’.

The operator said its aim is ‘to protect as many jobs as possible and retain the knowledge, skills and experience of our people for the recovery, keeping any potential redundancy to a minimum’.

The RMT trade union said the cuts amount to a 20%‎ reduction in costs, and would ‘hit Kent and the stations at Ebbsfleet and Ashford particularly hard’.

Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch called for the government to provide support and ‘to recognise the long term importance to the British economy of these cross-Channel transport services as we look to the future’, saying ‘short-term cuts would have dire long-term consequences’.

Manuel Cortes, General Secretary of the TSSA trade union which has members in clerical, administrative, supervisory and managerial roles, said the union was seeking to ‘work constructively’ with Eurostar and the government to protect ‘jobs and the future of this vital service’.

The UK sold its stake in Eurostar in 2015, but Cortes called on the government to act, saying ‘the French and Belgian governments continue to own their share of this company and will no doubt intervene to save jobs in their countries. Our government must step up to do likewise.’

Source: railwaygazette.com

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Technical offer for Hellinikon casino project, approved

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Α step forward has been taken in the case of the casino in Elliniko since, as it became known, the technical offer of Mohegan-GEK TERNA consortium was approved by the Gaming Supervision and Control Committee (EEEEP), which is also the finalist for this large-scale project.

What remains now is the award of the tender, a step which is currently unknown when it will take place due to the pending case of Hard Rock International’s appeal to the Council of State. It is reminded that the American company made this move despite the repeated negative decisions for it in this tender, due to the rejection of its offer.

The completion of the tender for the Integrated Resort Casino (IRC), is a basic deferral condition for the initiation of the project in Elliniko, which means that the relevant contract must first be signed in order for the signatures concerning the large investment in the spaces of former international airport to be completed.

Inspire Athens

The official name given by Mohegan-GEK TERNA consortium is “Inspire Athens” and is a mega-project, in fact the largest building project in Greece, while for GEK TERNA will be a top addition to the portfolio of projects that implements.

“Inspire Athens”, the first integrated tourist complex with casino in Greece, consists of a luxury hotel, entertainment venues, conference center, shops, restaurants, as well as a complete range of high quality services. The project will help to inaugurate a new era of touristic development and economic prosperity for Greece and the whole region.

The flagship design of the building is a creation of the international architectural firm Steelman Partners, which specializes in the design and construction of IRC complexes.

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Shift2Rail approves €75.4m funding for 19 projects

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The Shift2Rail (S2R) joint venture (JV) has announced that it will provide up to €75.4m in funding for 19 projects worth a total of €147.7m under the 2020 call for proposals for research and innovation (R&I) activities.

S2R members will undertake eight projects worth €127.7m, with the JV providing €55.4m in funding. An additional 11 open call projects worth €22m have been approved, of which up to €20m will be funded by S2R.

A total of 242 participants will be involved in the projects, with 29% of these small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

S2R received 43 requests for a combined €113.3m in funding in the call for proposals, which was around 50% more than the funding available.

“This is an important transition moment for S2R and the rail research and innovation community at large,” says S2R executive director, Mr Carlo Borghini. “These new projects are our ticket to moving into the successor programme and beyond R&I to market uptake of our forward-looking solutions.”

S2R has invested its full budget of €400m over the past four years, resulting in the launch of research worth an estimated €1bn. Last year, S2R published the inaugural edition of its Catalogue of Solutions, which offers railway executives and buyers a clearer picture of what the rail solutions of the future will look like.

 

Source: railjournal.com

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Pyrgos-Kalo Nero road project in Western Peloponnese, signed

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The important road project concerning the upgrade of road safety on Pyrgos-Kalo Nero axis was signed. The contractor of the project is ODOS ATE with a discount rate of 46.53%. It is a 54 km long interregional project. which includes works in both the Prefecture of Ilia and of Messinia, improving the characteristics of the existing section and increasing the level of road safety. The contracting authority is the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.

The project was signed on July 23 at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, in Papagou. The initial cost of the project reached 19.8m euros (VAT incl., excl. VAT: 15.96m euros). The auction of the project took place on September 12 and the unsealing of the offers on September 18, 2019. A total of eight companies participated.

The duration of the contract is 730 days, i.e. 2 years. According to rough calculations, the projects, if there aren’t any delays during the construction period, will be completed in the middle of 2021.

The financing of the project will be covered by the NSRF 2014-2020 and more specifically by the O.P. YME-PERAA. It is reminded that Pyrgos-Kalo Nero was part of Olympia Odos until 2013. Then in the famous “restart”, the whole section from Patras to Tsakona was out of the scope of the project. This section also includes the area of ​​Kaiaphas, which has been designated as Natura.

The scope of the project is the implementation of short-term interventions in order to improve road safety featured on the road section of National Road 9 (National Road 9: Patra-South Messinia) “Pyrgos-Kalo Nero”, with a total length of 54 km, in the Regional Units Ilia (42 km) and Messinia (12 km).

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