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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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Overhead wires go live in Manchester city centre

Overhead lines that will power Metrolink trams running to the city centre’s new Exchange Square tram stop go live today (October 26).

City centre residents and businesses are being given safety messages about work to energise and commission the overhead line equipment from Manchester Victoria Station along Corporation Street to the new stop in Exchange Square and through to Market Street/St Mary’s Gate.

The overhead lines – which carry a direct current of 750 volts and are over five metres above the ground – will power trams along the first phase of the Metrolink Second City Crossing to Exchange Square and should now be treated as “live” at all times, even though trams are not yet running.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) announced said the new station will open in the run up to Christmas.

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