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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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Partnership funding for Halesworth station improvements

The Suffolk station of Halesworth, on the East Suffolk Line, will receive new ticket machines and CCTV jointly funded by the local county council and operator Abellio Greater Anglia.

The ticket machine, and CCTV, will be installed on the Lowestoft-bound platform next year. This means that for the first time passengers can buy their tickets before boarding at the station. They will also be able to collect pre-paid tickets.

Funding has partly come from Suffolk County Council and the Designated Community Rail Development Fund. This follows successful ticket machine installations last year at other East Suffolk Line stations (Woodbridge, Saxmundham and Beccles) with the support of the East Suffolk Community Rail Partnership.




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