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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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Safety Assurance Engineer - Rail Systems

  • Job added:   12 March 2021
  • Salary:   £40750 - £65000/annum
  • Location:   Birmingham
  • County:   West Midlands (County)
  • Job Type:   Permanent
  • Reference:   213347318
  • Company:   CV-Library
Are you a safety assurance engineer with excellent rail systems experience?
Would you like to work client side working on HS2?
The successful candidate will be an engineer within the Construction Engineering system safety team responsible for the leadership of the system safety activities in Phase One of HS2, supporting the design and construction of a safe, technically integrated and compliant future operational railway.
Location: Birmingham ideally but would consider London
Salary: up to £61,000 Birmingham, up to £65,000 London
The team works with contractors to ensure compliance with the Common Safety Method on Risk Evaluation and Assessment (CSM-RA) including - CSM-RA Assessment Body (AsBo) and the Notified Body (NoBo) in the assessment of Phase One projects.
This role will involve undertaking lots of risk assesments and also and hazard records to ensure the rail systems are authorised.
Role will also involve preparing bid documents and tender evaluation for when contractors bid for the rail systems packages.
·Experience of working in major rail infrastructure upgrade projects or alternatively, a level of consultancy experience in producing assessment and deliverables for a project of HS2 scale and scope.
·Ability to undertake qualitative and quantitative assessment of risk as part of railway safety engineering or similar.
·Awareness of interoperability compliance.
·Ability to present safety arguments to independent assessment bodies and regulators
·Knowledge of the CSM-RA regulation or a similar application of engineering safety management.
·Knowledge of hazard identification and analysis techniques and management of hazards through hazard records.
·Working knowledge in HAZOP, Fault Tree and Event Tree analysis in a railway environment or similar.
·Knowledge of engineering safety management and compliance with EU and UK law relating to engineering safety

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