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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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TPE initiates recruitment drive

A TPE Class 185 at Manchester Piccadilly on July 20 2015. RICHARD CLINNICK.

TransPennine Express is recruiting six new apprentices. The two-year scheme will be available in Hull and Manchester, and will include roles in customer service and commercial, train planning and engineering.

To further support their development, the apprentices will work towards a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. Successful candidates will begin in September.

Applications should be made at


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  • FrankH - 17/05/2016 21:23

    6 in 2 years is not particularly inspiring is it. Unless you live near Hull or Manchester don't rush to apply.

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  • Rich Holliday, Learning & Development Manager, TransPennine Express - 18/05/2016 08:47

    Frank H, we've already taken on 8 in 2014. 6 will be taken on this year and then many more throughout the 8 years of the TPE franchise. We're very excited about it.

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