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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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Clearance work for Portishead line begins

A second phase of clearance has taken place on the disused Portishead line ahead of its projected 2019 reopening.

The Portishead-Bristol line has been closed to the public since 1964, but was used for private freight to the docks at Avonmouth until 1981.

Work by ‘green services provider’ Glendale followed an initial phase of work in 2014, allowing engineers to access structures for surveying. 

The second phase will be followed by a third phase of clearance on parts of the freight line in Pill. 

Re-opening of the Portishead line is part of the £60 million MetroWest programme, which seeks to improve transport links in Bristol, providing a viable alternative to people travelling in the area without using their cars.


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