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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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Women In Rail role models sought

Women in Rail is searching for the Most Inspirational Women in Rail. Its shortlist will be made up of 20 women who have made an outstanding impression on the industry.

Adeline Ginn, founder of Women in Rail, said: “During a time that rail is experiencing strong growth, it is fundamental that we change perceptions of the industry. Key to this is highlighting the fantastic female role models that the industry offers, and recognising the impact that they have on our day-to-day lives.”

Nominations close on March 25. Women in Rail’s committee, which includes former Office of Rail and Road Chairman Anna Walker and Network Rail Director of Diversity and Inclusion Loraine Martins, will judge the nominees.

To make a nomination, visit https://womeninrail.wufoo.com/forms/z3mjtju0nyz7qw/.



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