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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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Go-Ahead signs German rail deals

The Go-Ahead Group is to enter the German rail market in June 2019, after winning two contracts in the Baden-Wurttemberg region of southwest Germany.

The contracts will run from June 2019 until 2032, and are expected to generate revenues of 1.6 billion euros (around £1.12bn) over their duration.

Operating company Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland GmbH will run approximately 3.7 million train-kilometres (2.3 million train-miles) each year for Netz 1 Lot 2 and 4.4 million train-kilometres each year for Netz 1 Lot 3.

Go-Ahead Chief Executive David Brown said: “We have 18 years’ experience providing passenger rail services in the UK, operating on busy and complex networks, and we are pleased to be able to bring our expertise to the German rail market.

A standstill period of ten days will take place before the contracts are concluded.

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