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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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Commissioner to join HS2 Ltd

HS2 Ltd is recruiting a commissioner to deal impartially with issues that arise during construction of the new railway.

The company said that construction must be managed in a careful and considerate manner, and that the new role will ensure any unresolved complaints are investigated and mediated fairly.

The Construction Commissioner will lead independent investigations relating to construction and subsequent investigations, provide reassurance to the public that he/she is available to mediate any disputes not resolved through the normal corporate complaints process, and develop an awareness among all those affected by construction works of how to make contact with the appropriate people in the event of any difficulties.

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