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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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Mayor brings forward station step-free access target for TfL network

More than half of rail and Underground stations on the Transport for London network are expected to be step-free by 2018, after Mayor of London Boris Johnson brought forward a target that originally stated that the target would be met by 2020.

The target of 45% step-free access by 2015 was surpassed, and now the the Mayor has set out a new plan for access levels – with Brent Cross Underground station set to be come step-free with the installation of a £10 million investment in a lift making the station accessible to wheelchair users. The cost is being met by the Brent Cross Cricklewood project which is developing the area.

The current programme will ensure that a number of other stations on the Tube are made step-free this year, including Greenford, Tower Hill and Vauxhall.

There are 66 Tube stations that are currently step-free and around 40 more Underground and Overground stations will become step-free over the next decade, including Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Vauxhall and Victoria. When Crossrail fully opens in 2019, all 40 stations will be step-free.

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