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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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Bombardier Transportation to create new jobs and apprenticeships

Bombardier Transportation announced on February 12 that it would be creating 150 new jobs and 40 new apprenticeships.

The new jobs will be in engineering, project management and procurement. There will also be 40 new apprentices and graduates recruited per year.

Bombardier’s expansion has been boosted after securing the project to build the trains and depot for Crossrail in 2014, as well as new trains for the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne visited Bombardier’s Derby Litchurch Lane headquarters to welcome the changes and outline their long-term economic plan for the Midlands. They pledged to back manufacturing and engineering in the region by creating 300,000 extra jobs over the next five years.

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