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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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McLoughlin confirms training commitments

Network Rail reaffirmed its commitments to ‘up-skilling’ the rail industry when Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin visited the new Rail Operating and Training Centre at Basingstoke on August 20.

NR is creating seven national training centres - when those at Basingstoke, York and Swindon are completed in 2016, they will join facilities at Larbert, Walsall, Bristol and Paddock Wood.

Together they will provide 270,000 training days a year for NR staff and those from 250 other railway companies. The track authority has invested £55 million in their creation.

“Training our rail and road workforce is essential if we want to build a transport network fit for the future,” said McLoughlin during his visit.

“I want to see every part of Britain benefiting from a growing economy, and that is why our investment in transport won’t just help people get around, it will help them get on.”

  • For more information, read RAIL 782, published on September 2.

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