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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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Bombardier opens £12m testing facility in Derby

Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin opened a new £12 million Testing and Commissioning facility at Bombardier’s Derby Litchurch Lane site on May 13.

Speaking at the event, McLoughlin said: “It is fantastic to see firms such as Bombardier, which is delivering a £1 billion contract for Crossrail as well as London Overground, make the most of the opportunities this brings. This new facility will help secure jobs in Derby, at the heart of the UK rail industry, and help to drive the Midlands engine for growth.”

The facility, which will be known as ‘V’ Shop, is more than 10,000 square metres in size and has space for four trains each measuring up to 250 metres in length.

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

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