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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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East Midlands Trains offers work experience in Staffordshire

East Midlands Trains (EMT) launched a four-week work experience programme in Derby on September 7.

Its new Train into Work programme is intended to aid local regeneration on the North Staffordshire Line, by providing young people and long-term unemployed with 20 days’ work experience in customer service with EMT, and to help with future searches for work.

The initiative was developed with North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership, the Institution of Railway Operators (IRO), Alsager Job Club, and the Moorland Learning Disabilities Team at Staffordshire County Council.

If successful, the programme will be rolled out to other routes on the EMT network.

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