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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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Edinburgh recruiting for transport roles

Transport for Edinburgh (TfE) and Edinburgh Trams are recruiting for new people in their top roles. TfE is searching for a new chief executive, while Edinburgh Trams is on the hunt for a new general manager.

After a successful first year, Edinburgh Trams is developing an integrated transport network in the Scottish capital in partnership with Lothian Buses (which is also seeking a new managing director).

All of the new recruits will report to the chairman of their respective board, with the general manager of Edinburgh Trams having ‘dotted line accountability’ to the chief executive of TfE. The recruitment process is being managed by consultant Livingstone James.

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