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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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Great Western Main Line section set to 'go live'

Network Rail is close to completing electrification of the Great Western Main Line (GWML) between Reading and Didcot, as part of the route’s ongoing modernisation.

The infrastructure manager says the Reading-Didcot section now has the majority of overhead line equipment (OLE) installed, including the catenary, and is urging the public to regard all OLE as being energised.

A £10 million electrification training centre at Swindon has also been opened. This features every configuration of OLE equipment on a segregated track to train staff in installation and maintenance. 

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 06/06/2016 00:39

    Some progress on the GWML as the electrification is soon to reach Bristol and Swansea.

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  • Charlie - 11/06/2016 23:20

    when are NR connecting the wires between Heathrow junction and reading ?

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