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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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Rail companies unite for charity cycle challenge

Railway staff have cycled the equivalent of over 600 miles in ten hours to raise awareness for the Samaritans.

The fundraising event took place at London St Pancras station on May 14. Forty volunteers pedalled for 30 minutes each on static bikes, beating the initial target of reaching 365 miles between them.

The companies involved in the challenge were Network Rail, Govia Thameslink Railway, First Great Western, London Midland, East Midlands Trains and the British Transport Police. Friends and family of the riders also helped to raise funds in sponsorship and donations.

  • For more on this story, see RAIL 775 released on May 27 2015

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