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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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SilverRail link for Expedia

Online travel company Expedia has signed a strategic technology partnership with SilverRail, in a bid to expand its presence in the rail market.

Expedia plans to use SilverRail’s global rail ticketing technologies to allow customers to book tickets and see fares offered by multiple companies. Greg Schulze, senior vice president of Global Tour and Transport said: “The growth of rail, and the significant business opportunity it presents, is a trend we can no longer neglect. We look forward to begin selling rail tickets and learning more about the nuances of this unique product.”

A launch of rail ticket sales through Expedia due in 2016. 

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