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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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WW1 railway workers remembered by Freightliner

66418's nameplate. FREIGHTLINER.

On November 11, Armistice Day, Freightliner 66418 was named Patriot in honour of railway workers who lost their lives in World War 1.
The naming ceremony, which took place at Freightliner’s new maintenance facility in Crewe, was attended by more than 40 people, including Graham Wood, whose grandfather, Wilfred Wood VC, a former employee of London North Western Railways, was awarded the Victoria Cross on November 28 1918 for conspicuous bravery and initiative on the Italian front against Austro-Hungarian forces in World War 1.  

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