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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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Cooklin’s career takes new route

Susan Cooklin has switched roles to become Network Rail’s new route services director. She was previously group chief information officer and director of shared services.

Cooklin took up her new role on January 4, heading the Route Services Directorate (RSD) that will supply services to each of NR’s eight routes.

The RSD will provide information technology, payroll and finance shared services along with delivering engineering trains, equipment and materials for upgrade work and Network Rail Consulting. The company says this restructuring will enable greater economies of scale.

Carol Wharton will take on Cooklin’s previous role in an interim capacity, until the recruitment process is concluded.

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