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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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Network Rail submits Acton station plans

Proposals for a new station building at Acton Main Line have been submitted by Network Rail for Ealing Council to approve.

A new ticket hall is planned as part of the Crossrail scheme, with a new glass and steel structure proposed. It has been designed by Bennetts Associates. Also planned are new lifts to provide step-free access to every platform, platform extensions to accommodate the 200m long Class 345s and new platform canopies, lighting, customer information screens, station signage and CCTV. From the end of 2017 it will be managed by Transport for London.

Ealing Council’s cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure Councillor Bassam Mahfouz said: “It is getting very exciting as the arrival of Crossrail draws nearer. Ealing is one of only two London boroughs which will have five Crossrail stations. It will bring huge economic benefits.”

When Crossrail, which will be known as Elizabeth Line, is fully operational in December 2019, four trains per hour in each direction will serve the station. 

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