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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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Waboso to lead NR’s Digital Railway directorate

David Waboso. NETWORK RAIL.

London Underground’s Capital Programmes Director David Waboso is moving to Network Rail to become Managing Director, Digital Railway. He is set to start work in June.

In his current job he has led a £1.5 billion annual Tube upgrade programme. NR describes him as an “internationally renowned engineer and project manager with decades of experience”.

In his new role, he will lead NR’s Digital Railway directorate, which includes the Digital Railway Programme. He’s a member of the NR executive committee and will report to chief executive Mark Carne. Waboso replaces Jerry England, who retires later this year. There will be a handover period.

  • For more on this story, read RAIL 798, published on April 13.

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