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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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Perry opens National Training Academy

Rail Minister Claire Perry officially opened the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) in Northampton on October 20.

The £7 million facility, which was jointly funded by the Department for Transport and Siemens, will train thousands of students using advanced design equipment including virtual reality. Its purpose is to train a new generation of rail technicians, engineers and managers.



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