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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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Derailment blocks Norfolk railway

DRS 57009 stands at Wymondham South Junction on October 20. AL PULFORD.

Direct Rail Services 57009 derailed at Wymondham South Junction on October 20.

The ‘57/0’ was hauling a railhead treatment train from Dereham to Stowmarket, following maintenance.

It derailed on the point on Network Rail tracks, having left the Mid-Norfolk Railway’s tracks as planned.

Re-railing equipment was sent from Didcot and Wigan to assist in the recovery. The derailment caused large-scale disruption, with trains cancelled east of Thetford.

The disruption continued into the following morning. 

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