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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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Crossrail’s Elizabeth breaks through

Tunnel boring machine Elizabeth broke into the eastern end of Liverpool Street Crossrail station yesterday morning (January 29). This is part of the longest tunnel drive on the Crossrail project - 8.3km (5.2 miles) from Limmo Peninsula (near Canning Town) to Farringdon.

Elizabeth has just 750 metres left to bore before reaching Farringdon station. When that leg is completed in the spring, the tunnel drive will link all the Crossrail tunnels for the first time.

Meanwhile, sister machine Victoria is expected to arrive at Farringdon a few weeks later.

Crossrail Chief Executive Andrew Wolstenholme said: “This is a phenomenal feat of civil engineering that London can be justifiably proud of. The next challenge is to implement railway systems across the route, keeping the project on time and within budget.”

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