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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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Test trams in St Peter’s Square

Test trams ran through Manchester’s St Peter’s Square overnight on August 25, ahead of the scheduled restoration of tram links on August 28.

No trams have run through St Peter’s Square since June 28, as work continues to build a new line through the square. Altrincham, Bury, Cornbrook, Piccadilly and Manchester Airport services are scheduled to return on August 28.

A similar closure will take place in summer 2016, for final works before the new, expanded Metrolink stop opens close to the Cenotaph in autumn 2016.

Metrolink Director at Transport for Greater Manchester Peter Cushing said: “I thank everyone who has used the trams over the summer for their patience while we’ve worked to get a new line of track through St Peter’s Square. It means we can keep trams running through the city - getting people to work, shops and events over the coming year - while we build a brand new tram stop right alongside the new line.”

A new Metrolink network map showing the service changes is being installed at all tram stops.

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