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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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Stations celebrate Queen’s birthday

East Midlands Trains is holding events at some of its stations to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Celebrations will take place on June 10-12 at Kidsgrove [], Sheffield, Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and Skegness. Activities include live music, art displays, tea parties and face painting.

The rail industry has organised the ‘Station to Station Queen’s Celebration’ events to encourage rail travellers and local communities to commemorate HM The Queen’s birthday.

For exact dates and times of EMT’s station events, visit

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