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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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Network Rail plans vital Bank Holiday work

Network Rail will spend more than £30 million on engineering projects over the May 28-30 Bank Holiday weekend.

More than 9,000 members of the Orange Army will work at sites across the UK.

Projects include: overhead line electrification work south of Shenfield, in preparation for Crossrail; completion of the £250m capacity improvement at Norton Bridge; laying new track at London Bridge ahead of the opening of the first half of the station’s new concourse this August; and the penultimate stage of a signalling upgrade in Bristol, as part of the Great Western Electrification Programme (GWEP).

At Bermondsey, NR is installing a new set of points enabling trains to use the new Bermondsey dive-under when it is completed next year.

In Bristol, a road bridge is being demolished and replaced by a new structure that can support the overhead line equipment structures needed for GWEP. 

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