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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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Perry tours Siemens site at Chippenham

Rail Minister Claire Perry visited Siemens Rail Automation’s offices in Chippenham on October 9, taking a tour of its facilities and meeting some of the 700 staff.

The site is home to the company’s 11,000 sq metre manufacturing operation, as well as some of its research and development, project delivery, engineering and commercial teams. The company has been involved in high-profile infrastructure projects including the Reading station redevelopment, as well as Thameslink and Crossrail.
“Siemens’ success in the UK is proof that our record investment in the rail network is helping to boost business and create jobs and opportunity across the country,” said Perry.

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