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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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Young poets featured across London Underground

Three young poets will have their works displayed across the London Underground network from today (October 20).

Matt Broomfield (21), Imogen Cassels (19) and Laura Harray (15) have been selected by the Poetry Society and Transport for London to be featured in the latest Poems of the Underground series. Their poetry topics included playtime and public transport.
Poems on the Underground was founded in 1986 by the British Arts Council, with the aim of bringing poetry to a mass audience.

The poems will be displayed on Tube trains and at London Underground stations for the next four weeks.

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