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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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Select Committee to probe Digital Railway

The House of Commons Transport Select Committee is to investigate plans to deploy European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) signalling and train control, and is calling for submissions by April 6.

The hearing will focus on the efficiency of Network Rail’s planned rollout of ERTMS and European Train Control System (ETCS) technology across the network, how Global Standard for Mobile communications - Rail (GSM-R) technology affects rail infrastructure, and how realistic the timings proposed in NR’s so-called ‘Digital Railway’ programme are. 

  • For more on this story see RAIL 795 published on March 2

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