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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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£14.7m project to revitalise Carlisle station

An artist's impression of Carlisle station. NETWORK RAIL.

Carlisle station’s roof and eight platforms are to be rebuilt in a £14.7 million scheme.

Work on the roof should start on November 30 and will last 15 months. Work on the platforms will begin when the roof is completed and should be complete in February 2018. The roof work will cost £9.5m and the platforms £5.2m.

The scheme is being delivered as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan and is designed to extend the life of the roof significantly. Future maintenance requirements should also be reduced, says NR.

The new roof will make the station brighter and will be made of ETFE (ethane-co-tetrafluoroethene) - the same material as used at Birmingham New Street and Manchester Victoria. NR will also install more tactile paving on the platforms, as well as new surfaces. 

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