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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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Crewe signalling moves forward

Resignalling of the Shrewsbury-Crewe line led to closure of the route between November 28 and December 6, in preparation for the transfer of Gresty Lane signal box’s functions to Crewe’s central control centre.

The project costs £25 million and will interface with new signalling equipment already in use at Nantwich and Crewe. Stopping trains between Shrewsbury and Crewe were replaced by buses, with some through trains diverted via Wrexham General. 

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