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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 workers celebrate Women in Engineering

Network Rail engineers

Female engineers from Network Rail and the Thameslink programme gathered at the Bermondsey Dive Under construction site on June 23, to celebrate Women in Engineering day.

The national day was set up by the Women’s Engineering Society to promote the industry and inspire more women to become engineers.

To encourage women to join, NR has introduced a women’s staff network and flexible working policy. It is aiming to increase the proportion of female engineers from 14% to 30%.

  • For more on this story, see RAIL 778 published on July 8 2015.

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