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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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Whip aerial caused January Channel Tunnel fire

An over-height whip aerial on a lorry “almost certainly” caused an electrical arc that led to a fire in the UK portal of the Channel Tunnel on January 17, reports the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB).

The vehicle was travelling on freight shuttle 7340 at 1200 Central European Time, when its aerial activated electrical protection devices that cut power supply to the overhead lines in the Tunnel. Power was reinstated as control staff were unaware of the reasons for the outage, and the train continued at a reduced speed of 100kph (62mph).

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