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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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TfN-Scotland accord

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Newcastle on February 18 that will enable “a shared approach to achieving a transport network that will help realise the economic ambitions of Scotland and the Northern Powerhouse”, according to Transport for the North.

The agreement gives Scotland a voice in the Northern Transport Strategy being developed by the Transport for the North partnership, and sets out a joint ambition to “radically enhance transport connectivity within and between the north of England and Scotland”. 

The Scottish delegation was led by Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary Keith Brown, who said that alongside existing projects, extending a high-speed rail link to Scotland would ensure that businesses in Scotland and the north of England are able to compete and grow, as well as boosting vital supply chain economies. 

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