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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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Driver dispute over night-time Tube plans

Plans for the introduction of night-time services on the London Underground have provoked a dispute over pay and changes to working conditions.

Drivers union ASLEF and LU are in discussions over the impact on driver rosters and conditions, which the union says have been further complicated by the annual pay review being tied to the introduction of Night Tube services in September this year.

ASLEF District Organiser Finn Brennan told RAIL: “So far the only offer from the company has been a pay rise of 0.5% and an unconsolidated £500 payment in return for agreeing to changes in working conditions.”

Brennan says that union members do not believe this is an adequate reward for being expected to work additional anti-social hours.

He continued: “We support Night Tube (subject to safety concerns being met), and our representatives have put forward proposals to the company on how it might best be rostered.”

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