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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: Caledonian Sleeper diversions

RICHARD CLINNICK presents a selection of images showing Caledonian Sleeper's operations on January 18 and 19 as the operator deals with running diverted trains on the East and West Coast Main Line. 

On January 18, the first weeknight sleeper departure from London King's Cross since May 1988 waits to leave the terminus as the 2106 to Aberdeen/Fort William/Inverness. RICHARD CLINNICK. On January 18, the first weeknight sleeper departure from London King's Cross since May 1988 waits to leave the terminus as the 2106 to Aberdeen/Fort William/Inverness. RICHARD CLINNICK.
Caledonian Sleeper 86401 Mons Meg stands at London King's Cross on January 18, with the empty coaching stock from Wembley that forms the 2106 Highland Sleeper to Aberdeen/Fort William/Inverness. Caledonian Sleeper 86401 Mons Meg stands at London King's Cross on January 18, with the empty coaching stock from Wembley that forms the 2106 Highland Sleeper to Aberdeen/Fort William/Inverness.
Govia Thameslink Railway 365523 is a more common visitor to London King's Cross on January 18, as Caledonian Sleeper 86401 Mons Meg stands under the train shed having hauled empty coaching stock from Wembley ready for that night's 2106 to Aberdeen/Fort William/Inverness. RICHARD CLINNICK. Govia Thameslink Railway 365523 is a more common visitor to London King's Cross on January 18, as Caledonian Sleeper 86401 Mons Meg stands under the train shed having hauled empty coaching stock from Wembley ready for that night's 2106 to Aberdeen/Fort William/Inverness. RICHARD CLINNICK.
GB Railfreight hires Class 90s from Freightliner to cover for unavailable Class 92s on the Caledonian Sleeper. On January 18, 90046 waits at London King's Cross with the 2106 to Aberdeen/Fort William/Inverness. RICHARD CLINNICK. GB Railfreight hires Class 90s from Freightliner to cover for unavailable Class 92s on the Caledonian Sleeper. On January 18, 90046 waits at London King's Cross with the 2106 to Aberdeen/Fort William/Inverness. RICHARD CLINNICK.
On January 18, Caledonian Sleeper 86101 Sir William A Stanier FRS stands at London Euston with empty coaching stock from Wembley that will form the 2350 to Glasgow Central. RICHARD CLINNICK. On January 18, Caledonian Sleeper 86101 Sir William A Stanier FRS stands at London Euston with empty coaching stock from Wembley that will form the 2350 to Glasgow Central. RICHARD CLINNICK.
GB Railfreight hires Class 90s from Freightliner to cover for unavailable Class 92s on the Caledonian Sleeper. On January 18, 90048 waits at London Euston with the 2350 to London Euston. RICHARD CLINNICK. GB Railfreight hires Class 90s from Freightliner to cover for unavailable Class 92s on the Caledonian Sleeper. On January 18, 90048 waits at London Euston with the 2350 to London Euston. RICHARD CLINNICK.
GB Railfreight Class 47s haul the London Euston-Glasgow Central Sleeper via Dumfries, replacing Class 90s at Carlisle. On January 19, 47812 and 47847 have just arrived at the Scottish terminus. RICHARD CLINNICK. GB Railfreight Class 47s haul the London Euston-Glasgow Central Sleeper via Dumfries, replacing Class 90s at Carlisle. On January 19, 47812 and 47847 have just arrived at the Scottish terminus. RICHARD CLINNICK.
Large logo blue 47847 stands at Glasgow Central on January 19, with the 2350 from London Euston. Paired with 47812, the '47/8' hauled Caledonian Sleeper's train via Dumfries, replacing 90048 at Carlisle. RICHARD CLINNICK. Large logo blue 47847 stands at Glasgow Central on January 19, with the 2350 from London Euston. Paired with 47812, the '47/8' hauled Caledonian Sleeper's train via Dumfries, replacing 90048 at Carlisle. RICHARD CLINNICK.