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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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Jeremy Corbyn says he’s a “lifelong reader of RAIL magazine”

New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has tweeted a photograph of the front cover of RAIL 784 (on sale until October 14), saying: “Lifelong reader of RAIL magazine makes front page for People’s Railway!”

Within two hours, the post had been retweeted more than 250 times and favourited by more than 410 people.

The post received several comments from other tweeters, including:

Dan Howdle (@DanHowdle): “It’s the little things, isn’t it Jeremy? Well done.”

Brendan Murphy (@notmurphy): “You’re a legend, Jez. Never change.”

Dave S Preston (@DaveSPreston): “Dude you’re rocking it! Live the dream.”

James Porter (@JimDaveEd): “I’d like to hug you.”

The tweet was picked up by i100 (from The Independent), which said: “Jeremy Corbyn is on the front page of RAIL magazine and he couldn’t be happier.”


Here’s Jeremy’s tweet:

And the i100 story:


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