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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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Northern Rail began using Class 319 electric multiple units between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Airport this morning (March 5).

The first train, the 0616 Liverpool Lime Street-Manchester Airport, was formed of 319363. Also in traffic was 319362.

Initially two trains will be in traffic each day, but that will increase to three.

Electric trains between Liverpool and Wigan are due to start operating this month too. EMUs will serve Manchester Victoria from May.

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