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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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TIMELAPSE VIDEO: Abbey Wood station re-development project

The former Abbey Wood station (operated by Southeastern) has been demolished to allow for a new station to be constructed as part of London’s Crossrail project.

When rebuilt, the new station will have a bigger ticket hall, step-free access to every platform, and improved connections with local bus services. In addition to the station redevelopment, two miles of new track will be laid between Abbey Wood and the tunnel portal at Plumstead.

The redevelopment work is being carried out by Network Rail, to allow for the increase in trains and passengers that Crossrail will bring. Crossrail is scheduled to be finished by 2018.

Watch a timelapse video of the Abbey Wood demolition work below.

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