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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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Sapphie laps up the attention

Tonbridge railway station in Kent now has its very own station cat.

Eight-year-old Sapphie took up residence after her owners moved out of the area. Southeastern staff allow her to sleep in the station manager’s office and roam around the station at will.

Sapphie has also proved popular with commuters, who have been Tweeting photographs of her and bringing her treats and presents. Her story has also been made into a 90-second video, as part of Southeastern’s #amazingjourneys campaign.

Watch Sapphie’s story below.



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  • Philip - 25/06/2015 22:21

    Her duties seem to involve platform work rather than in the street-level ticket hall. I hope she's sensible enough to not jump down on the tracks and of course to avoid contact with the live rails! But no doubt Tonbridge station staff have been giving her thorough health and safety training.

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