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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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Joint Network Rail/SWT training centre opens

Inside the new Network Rail/SWT training centre. PAUL CLIFTON.

The joint venture between Network Rail and South West Trains includes a suite of simulators for driver training, a mock signalling centre, and a huge hall with various track layouts, signals and trackside control systems.

The aim is to train drivers, signallers, track engineers and even customer service staff alongside each other. It brings together training previously done at a variety of smaller sites, including in Basingstoke and at Woking.

  • For more on this, read RAIL 787, published on November 11.

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