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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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PICTURES: Forth Bridge bathed in fog.

Network Rail Chairman Peter Hendy was given a rare treat during a recent visit to Scotland, when he visited the UK’s newest world heritage site, The Forth Bridge.

Despite the base of the bridge being shrouded in a familiar north sea haar, Sir Peter himself managed to take these pictures from the bridge and its viewing platform at the top of the Fife Tower in North Queensferry where the view was exceptional. The top of the 110m high bridge was bathed in bright sunshine, providing rare views of the upper sections of the bridge emerging from the fog.

Mr Hendy said: “The sight was absolutely breathtaking.”

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