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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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Maghull North opening planned for 2017

Merseytravel aims to start work on the new station at Maghull North in January 2017, with train services calling there in December 2017.

Maghull North will be located between Town Green and Maghull stations on Merseyrail’s Liverpool-Ormskirk Northern Line. The station building and parking area will be built on the former Ashworth hospital site.

More than £6 million of funding for the scheme is coming from a Government contribution via the Local Growth Fund, with smaller contributions from Merseytravel (£700,000) and the Housing and Communities Agency, which is developing land on the east side of the railway (£500,000). At this stage the total cost is put at £7.31m, including optimism bias.

It will be a staffed station with a ticket office, step-free access to both platforms, a 150 to 200-space car park, customer information screens, waiting and toilet facilities, and electric vehicle charging points. The platforms will be able to accommodatesix-car trains.

Public consultation on the new station started on November 24. 

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