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As lockdown restrictions ease and we start to consider travelling again, the future of cross-Channel operator Eurostar remains uncertain.
Eurostar is seeking financial support from the UK Government, citing higher access charges here as a reason.
The French Government has pledged to provide support for the operator, while £200 million has been provided by one of its shareholders, Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Hermes Infrastructure.
Registered in the UK and supporting 3,000 jobs either with the business or in the supply chain, the company is, however, 55% owned by SNCF (French state rail), 40% by CDPQ/Hermes and 5% by SNCB (Belgian state railways).
So: Should the UK Government provide financial assistance to Eurostar?

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Assistant Design Manager/ Rail Systems

  • Job added:   16 March 2021
  • Location:   Milton Keynes
  • County:   Buckinghamshire
  • Job Type:   Permanent
  • Reference:   213360518
  • Company:   CV-Library
About The Role
EKFB is a joint venture that brings together international, market leading expertise from four leading civil engineering and construction companies: Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial Construction and BAM Nuttall. All four partners have specialist expertise in the design, construction, operation, financing and maintenance of railway networks, including the construction of one of Europe’s latest high speed rail projects.
EKFB are looking for an Assistant Design Manager in Rail Systems.
This role is to be part of the Design and Engineering (D&E) team within EKFB, assisting the Rail Systems Interface, RAMS and Interoperability Manager on key accountabilities.
You’ll be required to assist the Manager to handle interfaces between Civils (Design and Build) delivered by EKFB and the Rail Systems (Design and Build) delivered by HS2 and rail systems contractors when appointed. Namely for the slab track system, the overhead catenary system (OCS); the control command signaling (CCS); the telecoms (GSMR); the tunnel equipment’s (M&E); the power supply infrastructure and the maintainer needs or the fire strategy.
You will need to own the Client Interface Management Tool to ensure the interfaces are being captured, monitored and actioned at an asset level and in a timely manner, protecting EKFB’s interests. We’d also like you to assist the Manager to drive the D&E team towards a design compliant to RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, Safety) and to TSIs (Interoperability) by ensuring application of requirements and coordinating actions with the Client.
You’d need to coordinate the Design such as Fencing (Security), Earthing and Bonding, Accesses for Rail Systems and the maintainer or the Portal Support Buildings for the Tunnels (requiring Rail Systems equipment’s). Also assist the Manager to provide strong support to the D&E team by ensuring that input, requirements and control change are in place and integrated with other Civils disciplines (e.g. alignment, earthworks, drainage, highways accesses),
You must maintain close liaison and collaboration with the teams, attending the Client and EKFB meetings.

About The Candidate
Key Skills and Qualifications:
Experience of working on design & build contracts in major civil engineering works (if possible, in railways)
Knowledge of relevant civils and rail systems design standards and its applicability,
Knowledge of RAMS (if possible, in railways)
Good communicator, resilient, positive, confident, meticulous, autonomous, eager to work in a multicultural environment on a large-scale civil engineering project
Able to build working relationships, internally with D&E team and externally with the Client
IT skills – MS Office and (preferably) knowledge software related to interfaces (e.g Relatics)
Engineering background (Degree in Civil Engineering or Rail Systems) with some experience to be able to undertake the role

About The Company
EKFB is a joint venture that brings together international, market leading expertise from four leading civil engineering and construction companies: Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial Construction and BAM Nuttall. All four partners have specialist expertise in the design, construction, operation, financing and maintenance of railway networks, including the construction of one of Europe’s latest high speed rail projects.
EKFB is proud to have been appointed by HS2 to deliver civil engineering works across an 80km section of the new high speed rail link between the Chiltern Tunnel and Long Itchington Wood. Our scope of the works includes 15 viaducts, 5km of green tunnels, 22km of road diversions, 67 overbridges and around 30 million cubic metres of excavation. EKFB is committed to improving lives, communities and the engineering and construction industry by providing sustained employment opportunities and being a good neighbour, protecting the environment and the places we work.
If you would like to be part of our collaborative, enthusiastic and forward-thinking culture, then please apply today. 
In return, we’re offering a competitive salary & benefits.
EKFB brings together international, market leading technical expertise. We have an industry leading track record of delivering major infrastructure projects, including Crossrail, the Millau Viaduct, Mersey gateway and the Bretagne-Pays de la Loire High Speed Rail link.
We are committed to, and strongly believe in, inclusiveness and equality of opportunity. Everyone who works with EKFB has a contribution to make; this is why we welcome applications from different backgrounds, experiences and abilities. Our aim is to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels they are able to be themselves. Please contact us if there is any additional support you might require making an application. 
Please note your CV may be shared with joint venture partners on this project.
Pre-employment checks:
It’s worth remembering that we’ll undertake the relevant/standard employment checks if you’re successful in the selection process. This includes taking up your references, as well as checking your ID, driving licence (if appropriate) and your right to work in the UK. Some roles may also be subject to further pre-employment checks.
NB. BPSS security clearance will be required (to be undertaken as part of onboarding process)

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