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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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IN PICTURES: Inside Old Oak Common

RAIL presents a selection of behind-the-scenes images taken by Great Western Railway's official photographer JACK BOSKETT ahead of the Old Oak Common open day, showing the work taking place at the West London depot. 

High Speed Trains, Class 180 Adelantes and Class 57s all visited the HST depot during September 1, when the pictures were taken. The site of the open day closes later this year.

  • For a full round-up of the open day, read RAIL 835, published on September 13, or on Android/iPad from September 9.
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