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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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RAIB expresses track worker safety concerns

For the eighth year in a row there were no train accidents involving a passenger fatality on Britain’s railways in 2015. However, in its annual report, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) says there are two “overriding areas of concern” for track worker safety.

The first area of concern is about the attitudes and behaviours within teams of track workers, “which can see staff feeling unable or unwilling to change unsafe working practices”.

The second is the incorrect planning or execution of work - the RAIB says these can result in “less safe” practices being adopted, which can then go unchallenged by those responsible for site safety. 

  • For more on this, read RAIL 801, published on May 25. 

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