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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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Exchange Square tram stop opening confirmed

The new Manchester Metrolink stop at Exchange Square in the city centre will open on December 6, subject to successful completion of testing and commissioning work (RAIL 787).

The short spur from Victoria station to the new stop is the first phase of the system’s Second City Crossing, due to be complete in 2017. This will continue the Exchange Square spur through to St Peter’s Square (RAIL 788).

Outbound services operating every 12 minutes to Shaw & Crompton will use Platform D at the Victoria tram stop, which was also due to open on December 6.


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