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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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Cancelled services on Workington-Carlisle line

Northern Rail services between Workington and Carlisle have been cancelled today (December 4), because of landslips and flooding.

Heavy rain on the evening of December 3 caused trackside landslips at Wigton and Aspatria, and flooding at Maryport.

Replacement bus services are running between Workington and Carlisle. Network Rail engineers are working on the line to get it re-opened as soon as possible.

Weather warnings are also forecast for tomorrow (December 5), with 50mph speed restrictions on Cumbrian coast services. Passengers are advised to check before travelling at www.nationalrailenquiries.co.uk.

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