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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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Boagey chairs Railway Engineers Forum

Andrew Boagey is to succeed Lawrie Quinn as chairman of the Railway Engineers Forum.

Boagey joined British Rail in 1983, and has worked within the railway and as a consultant ever since. He is currently working with Transport for London on the engineering and operations planning of Crossrail 2.

The REF acts as an umbrella organisation for rail-focused professional bodies, and says it aims to “foster collaboration, share programming and planning of events and gain consensus within the professional railway engineering and operating community”.

Boagey said: “There has never been a better time to join the railway industry, but we still have work to do to ensure that the profession offers the best possible access and pathways for energetic, hard-working young professionals. Career structure and development support have to be excellent if we are to attract and keep the best entrants.”

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