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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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McNaughton is new Systra COO

Systra has appointed Andrew McNaughton as its new chief operating officer. He succeeds Frederic Delorme, who joined French National Railways (SNCF) as head of security in January this year.

McNaughton (52) has spent much of his career with Balfour Beatty, leading Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering between 2007 and 2009, and becoming chief operating officer of the group in 2009 and then chief executive in 2013/14. He joins Systra from Tidal Lagoon Power, where he was director of engineering and construction.

Systra says the appointment of McNaughton signals its commitment to international expansion.

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