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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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Route changes to Manchester Metrolink services

Manchester Metrolink passengers have been advised that there will be changes to city centre services on Sunday (November 1), due to maintenance work at Exchange Square and the running of test-trams.

Improvement works will affect Bury and Rochdale via Oldham services, which will terminate at Victoria station. Replacement bus services will run from Victoria.

The work is part of the Second City Crossing project. The line will run will run from Lower Mosley Street to Manchester Victoria station, and is expected to open in 2017.

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