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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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New Director General for Rail Executive

Bernadette Kelly has been appointed as the Department for Transport’s new Director General for the Rail Executive.

Kelly is currently Director General for Business and Local Growth at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). She replaces Clare Moriarty, who is now Permanent Secretary at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

In her current role Kelly is responsible for Government’s policy towards business sectors, including advanced manufacturing and services as well as local and regional growth. She will join the DfT in late September and will immediately spend time ‘out and about’ in the industry.

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