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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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Pressland to lead DB HR project

Dr Amy Pressland. DB CARGO.

DB Cargo has appointed Dr Amy Pressland as a specialist HR Project Manager. She will lead a ‘Women in Management’ project that will identify barriers preventing women from taking up roles and progressing in rail.

DB said the outcome of the project will be to develop strategies in areas including recruitment and education.

Pressland joins from the University of East Anglia, where she was a lecturer in education. Her research focused on media representations of gender and how gender functions within the workplace.

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