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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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Ilkeston station plans approved

Erewash and Broxtowe Borough Councils have both granted planning permission for the revised design of the new Ilkeston station. 

A revised application had become necessary because of the need to redesign the car park and other elements of the station, in order to reduce the risk of flooding and to keep the scheme within budget. While the station itself falls within the Erewash area, the car park is in Broxtowe.

Construction is now due to “start in September or October”, according to Derbyshire County Council, which is managing the project. This would lead to the facility opening in the middle of 2016.

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