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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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Perry: Crossrail the template for rail diversity

Crossrail is the model to follow for recruiting more women and young people into the rail industry, according to Rail Minister Claire Perry.

Speaking at an Industry Day in London on May 18, she warned that sections of the industry could lose half its staff to retirement in the next 15 years. She called that unsustainable, but warned it was also unsustainable to believe that the industry can operate with a workforce that “looks nothing like the public it serves”. 

  • For more on Perry's views on Crossrail and sustainability, read RAIL 802, published on June 8.

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