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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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Conway takes tour of Translink

The new chief executive of Northern Ireland rail and bus operator Translink took up his post on September 7, and spent his first week visiting operational and engineering facilities around the region.

During his tour, Chris Conway said: “My commitment is to drive the business forward. And while I know there will be many challenges ahead, I am confident that we can build on the track record of success, growth and investment that has been achieved in recent years.”

Conway was previously managing director of Tata Steel’s sales and distribution business in Northern Ireland.

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