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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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VIDEO: First train passes over Reading Viaduct

The first passenger train has passed over the new Reading Viaduct. The 2,000-metre structure cost £100 million and removes a major bottleneck on the Great Western Main Line, allowing trains to move in and out of Reading without impeding each other. It is a problem that has existed since Brunel first designed the layout in the 1840s.

The viaduct is part of an overall £895 million Reading Redevelopment project, which began in 2008 and is being implemented in parts. The new-look station, boasting five extra platforms, was officially opened by HRH The Queen in July 2014. The overall project is due for completion in the summer.

Drone footage of the first passenger train to cross the viaduct:

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  • kra6521 - 18/09/2015 18:53

    Paddington based senior driver Kevin Atherfold at the controls.

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