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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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London Underground prepares for Hanger Lane junction upgrade

London Underground will replace Hanger Lane junction (where the Ealing Broadway branch of the District Line diverges from the Uxbridge branch of the Piccadilly Line) from October 24 to November 1, in a bid to make journeys faster, smoother and more reliable.

The existing junction was built in 1984, and poor ground conditions means that it has required frequent maintenance and suffered repeated points failures. LU is doing the work in two halves, allowing the Piccadilly Line to run normally on weekdays. The closure of the District Line section also allows LU to replace 330 metres of track at Ealing Broadway in preparation for the full modernisation of the route.

LU Director of Capital Programmes David Waboso said: “When the junction re-opens, it will be immediately more reliable and trains will be able to travel faster through it. District Line customers will see more and more new trains over the next year, followed by a complete modernisation of the line’s signalling that will radically improve journeys.”

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