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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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Victoria breaks into Liverpool Street station

A second tunnel boring machine has arrived at Liverpool Street after Victoria broke into the eastern end of the Crossrail station.

The breakthrough is 40 metres beneath the City of London, and is part of the longest tunnel drive, 8.3km from Limmo Peninsula, near Canning Town, to Farringdon.

Victoria joins fellow TBM, Elizabeth, which arrived in January.

The second TBM has 750m of tunnel to bore, before arriving at its Farringdon station destination this spring when Crossrail tunnelling will be complete.

Liverpool Street is one of ten new Crossrail stations being built in central and south east London. The new station is located between London Underground’s existing Liverpool Street and Moorgate stations, with connections to both.

Joint Venture Dragados Sisk is constructing the eastern tunnels between Pudding Mill Lane and Stepney Green, Limmo Peninsula and Farringdon, and Victoria Dock Portal and Limmo.

The station tunnels at Liverpool Street have been built by a joint venture comprising Balfour Beatty, BeMo Tunnelling, Morgan Sindall and Vinci Construction.

  • For more on this story, see RAIL 771, published on April 1.

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