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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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Perry salutes Crossrail for developing female engineers

Crossrail has been hailed by Rail Minister Claire Perry for its role in attracting more women into engineering, and she has urged the UK infrastructure industry to follow suit on future transport projects.

Speaking at a ‘Women Delivering Crossrail’ event at the House of Commons on January 19, Perry highlighted how almost a third of the project’s workforce is female (compared with 11% of employees across the construction industry, including office-based roles), and that 6% are engineers.

“Crossrail has led the way in getting more women involved in building vital infrastructure, boosting female representation in the construction workforce, and creating role models to inspire the next generation of engineers and construction workers,” she said. 

“With our investment projects like HS2, opportunities in construction for women will continue to grow, and I hope these build on Crossrail’s best practice.”

  • For more on this, read RAIL 793, published on February 3.

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