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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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Head of Rail Specification & Delivery

  • Job added:   4 August 2019
  • Salary:   £61429 - £72440/annum Excellent Benefits
  • Location:   Leeds, West Yorkshire
  • County:   West Yorkshire
  • Job Type:   Permanent
  • Reference:   210508001
  • Company:   CV-Library
Our client is looking for a Head of Rail Specification & Delivery:

Our client is the UK's first sub-national transport body and is at the vanguard of changing the way the region's transport and infrastructure is planned and delivered. They're busy creating new opportunities to cement the companys footprint as a productive and nationally recognised economic driving force. Their organisation and partners speak with one voice to Government, driving transformational economic growth and creating a vibrant, prosperous North through better connectivity. They now need a new Head of Rail Specification and Delivery to lead the development and delivery for Strategic Rail, for key aspects of the Strategic Transport Plan and Long-term Rail Strategy.

What they are looking for:

Our client is looking for an adept leader who can inspire and drive excellence across the Strategic Rail function. You will be an expert on current and future service and infrastructure specifications and the delivery of outputs aligned to the Long-term Rail Strategy and prioritising investments.

Alongside demonstrable experience and a strong track record of developing and evaluating strategic rail business cases, policy and process development and rail service strategies, you will provide assurance in building evidence to base for investing in connectivity for the North.

The successful candidate will be managing the programme framework and cascading corporate accountability to create high standards of excellence and minimise risk. Strong on turning strategies into delivery plans and developing effective governance, you will be assured and proficient at successfully communicating across thier mix of diverse and complex stakeholder groups, working in close collaboration with the Head of Investment Planning.

You will be skilled at managing complex projects and interpreting regional and national policy drivers to help prioritise our investment and strategic direction and will possess exceptional communication skills able to help our stakeholders, partners and communities relate to and support the company's vision.

Closing date: Friday, 23rd August 2019 at 12:00 noon

Final interviews: 11th September 2019

In return, as well as a competitive salary, their other benefits include:

27 days holiday per annum (Pro-Rata for part time employees)
Access to the local government pension scheme
Access to various salary sacrifice benefits, including Travel Pass purchase scheme. For more information on the role and the kind of person they're looking for please refer to the role profile and person specification.

If you believe you have the skills and experience they're looking for please apply online at ensuring that in your application you provide evidence in the form of specific examples of how you meet the essential criteria in the role profile.

Our client welcomes and encourages applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. They are particularly keen to encourage applications from women, members of ethnic minority groups and people with disabilities who are currently under-represented.

As part of their commitment to diversity and inclusion, all applications will be considered on their merit

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