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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-Shrewsbury railway upgrade

Passengers are travelling for the first time today (December 7) on the newly modernised route between Crewe and Shrewsbury.

New signalling equipment, LED lights and points motors have been installed on the line, to replace the 30-year-old signalling system. The £25 million upgrade will improve reliability for Arriva Trains Wales services between Manchester and Cardiff.

Network Rail completed the engineering project on December 6 as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan. Work was carried out over nine days.



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