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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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Cheshire lines to close for bridge works

Network Rail is to invest £17 million on the refurbishment of four bridges and two viaducts in Cheshire. The works will require an 11-day closure of both the Crewe to Manchester and Sandbach to Northwich lines from February 13-24.

Water stains on the walls of Grade 2-listed viaducts at Holmes Chapel and Peover will be removed, damaged brickwork will be repaired, and both structures will be waterproofed.

At the same time, essential strengthening work will be carried out at Hungerford Road bridge in Crewe, Shipbrook Road bridge in Rudheath, and to the Whatcroft underbridge and Trent & Mersey canal bridge in Davenham.

The route closures will result in services to Manchester from London and the South being diverted via Macclesfield. Replacement bus services will be provided for passengers travelling on local services between Stockport, Wilmslow and Crewe.

A spokesman on behalf of Virgin Trains, Northern Rail, CrossCountry and Arriva said: “We understand that improvement works affect passengers. This investment is vital and will deliver real benefits in helping provide customers with a more reliable railway.

“All affected train operating companies are working closely with Network Rail to ensure alternative travel arrangements are in place wherever possible, and to keep disruption to a minimum while this important work is carried out.”

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  • Francis G Sketch - 02/01/2016 16:23

    I hope that the planners have this correctly, as so far the timing of bridges in the Western bridges leaves much to be desired

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