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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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High Speed Rail college plans on track

A planning application has been submitted to the council to build the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) in Doncaster.

The NCHSR will provide specialist training for future railway engineers. The Government is funding the college in order to develop a highly-skilled workforce to work on HS2.

Subject to approval from Doncaster Council, construction will begin in April 2016, with the opening scheduled for September 2017. A decision on the planning application is expected by the end of the year.

A planning proposal will also be submitted to build a second college site in Birmingham.

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