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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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Senior Rail Modeller (DfT & Meridian) - London / UK Remote

  • Job added:   14 August 2020
  • Salary:   £36000 - £42000/annum
  • Location:   London
  • County:   Greater London
  • Job Type:   Permanent
  • Reference:   212309625
  • Company:   CV-Library
Senior Rail Modeller - London (UK Remote Working)

Department for Transport

Developing policy and influencing investment for the future of UK Rail

The Department for Transport is recruiting a Senior Rail Modeller to join their High Speed and Major Rail Projects Analysis team. We are looking for candidates with proven expertise in using complex models to solve analytical problems and the ability to communicate analysis effectively to inform decision-making. Working as part of a wider team, you'll get the opportunity to work on leading-edge models informing investment decisions, which influence the day-to-day lives of UK citizens.

The DfT's modelling teams play a vital role in the development of policy and informing investment decision-making. The role of a Senior Rail Modeller will vary, but will initially include:

Lead on transport modelling advice with DfT colleagues and external organisations (for instance, Transport for the North and HS2 Ltd) in support of strategic modelling and business case analysis for Northern Powerhouse Rail and the Phase 2 of the High Speed Rail scheme.
Providing analytical assurance and modelling review, as well as value for money advice for major investment decisions.
Undertaking bespoke analysis to support the enhancement of modelling methods and wider DfT analytical needs.
Advising on specific modelling issues both to DfT customers and the external transport modelling profession.
Commissioning modelling and research from external consultants, project managing their work and assuring outputs.
Communicating modelling and analysis to senior policy leads both within DfT and with its arm's length bodies.The role requires hands-on use of models such as the NoRMS (Northern Rail Modelling Suite) and associated models such as NELUM (which is a dynamic land use transport interaction model). This will inform optioneering of rail interventions in the north, challenging work conducted by other parties, and providing assurance on the modelling and analysis from these modelling and analysis.

The role also requires the ability to deliver progress on long term model development activities. It may from time to time include managing contracts with external suppliers, giving technical direction when needed and ensuring solutions are pragmatic, meet requirements and are delivered to timescale.

Post holders will be expected to have good project management skills, to be a strong communicator, and to be prepared to lead on modelling and analytical issues to support the wider analytical team. Postholders will also be expected to manage their own time and resources effectively, able to demonstrate flexibility, prioritising workload appropriately in what can sometimes be a rapidly changing policy environment.

The DfT is committed to the professional development of its modellers and analysts, with this post offering significant benefits and opportunities to boost your career, learn, progress and gain broader skills. We offer:

Potential to learn across all aspects of rail, wider transport and dynamic land use modelling.
Access to further learning, such as the use of transport modelling software (e.g. EMME, CUBE) and data spatial software (e.g. R), as well as the opportunity to attend conferences (Modelling World, European Transport Conference) and presentations of latest academic research on topics such as High Speed and transformational benefits from large rail interventions.
Participation in an active and thriving analytical community, working closely with colleagues in Data Science, rail Engineering, Economics, Social Research, Statistics, and Operational Research.
A culture supportive of flexible working practices tailored to individual needs and circumstances, e.g. opportunity to work from home on some days, or to vary working hours.
After around 18 months, the option of moving to a modelling post in another team, giving exposure to different modelling challenges and skills development.Meridian is working exclusively in partnership with the DfT. Please contact Fred Ewing for further details: (url removed)

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