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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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Kaye takes key NR strategy role

Network Rail has appointed Jo Kaye as director, network strategy and planning.

She replaces Paul Plummer, who is leaving NR to take up a new post as chief executive at the Rail Delivery Group.

Kaye read biology at Imperial College London, and followed it up with an MSc in passenger transport management. She joined the rail industry graduate training scheme in 1995 and worked in a number of operational management roles in Network Rail.

 

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