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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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PICTURES: Nottingham station reopens following fire

RAIL revisits the scene of the blaze that closed Nottingham station on Friday January 12.

Less than 48 hours later, damage is clearly visible although NR and EMT had remarkably reopened all platforms except 7A. 
An investigation has begun to establish the cause of the fire, which is believed to be arson, while parts of the concourse remain closed to the public. 

  • The full story will be in RAIL 845, published on January 31, and available on Android/iPad on January 27. 
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