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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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Work starts to replace Ufton Nervet level crossing

Nearly 12 years after the Ufton Nervet disaster that claimed the lives of seven people, work has started to replace the notorious level crossing with a bridge.

When the Ufton Lane Bridge is completed in November, it will mark the end of a long campaign to replace the rural crossing.

On November 6 2004, chef Bryan Drysdale parked his car on the crossing between Reading and Newbury, intending to take his own life. A First Great Western High Speed Train hit the car at 100 miles an hour, and the vehicle jammed in points just beyond the crossing.

As the front of the train derailed and slowed down, the rear was still at full speed. The train jackknifed in the middle. The seven people who died included two children and the driver of the train, Stan Martin. Some 71 others were injured (RAIL 761).

Since the 2004 crash, there have been four further fatal incidents at the level crossing. 

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 26/04/2016 13:12

    About time that this level crossing needs to be replaced by a new bridge going over the railway line. Other level crossings may also need to be upgraded with new bridges such as the level crossing at Kelvedon, Essex where the church yard is with the road and railway line meets and there has been plans to build a new bridge by building a new road away from the church and over the railway line at Kelvedon.

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