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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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New franchise's Alliance with Network Rail

Northern Rail 319382 at Manchester Piccadilly on July 20 2015. RICHARD CLINNICK.

An alliance with Network Rail must be formed in the first three months of the new Northern franchise, Managing Director Alex Hynes told RAIL on April 4.

He said that this was part of the franchise agreement, and that work to create this was ongoing. He said it would not be a ‘Deep Alliance’, as per the arrangement in Wessex.

Currently Northern operates across two NR routes - London North Eastern and London North Western. The Shaw Report published in February (RAIL 797) suggested that there should be a new Northern route. Hynes said there was no timescale for this, and that former Directly Operated Railways Chief Executive Michael Holden had been appointed to work on the details regarding the creation of the new route.

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