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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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Railway work experience transforms life of local teenager

A local resident has had his life transformed through work experience at Luton railway station.

Gaz Ford (17), who was diagnosed with autism at an early age, has improved his confidence since working at Luton.

Gaz’s job role includes making station announcements, helping passengers with enquiries and assisting with heavy luggage. The job has given him the confidence to speak to others.

And Gaz has impressed staff so much that he now works two days a week at Luton. Station Manager Joe Healy said: “He is a real asset to our team and passengers are always pleased to see him on duty.”

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