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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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GEML Taskforce promises bidders will "know the very high expectation that we all hold"

GEML Taskforce leaders met with local businesses in Ipswich on October 23 to update on progress made. The meeting marked the two year anniversary of Chancellor George Osborne visiting Anglia to launch the Taskforce.

Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia LEP and co-chairman of the GEML Taskforce said: "We continue to push hard and back Network Rail and the Department for Transport to deliver on their promises. We will also continue to support the bidders with their proposals and make sure they know the very high expectations that we all hold. Our ambition remains as high as ever as we all work together to achieve our goals."

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