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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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Kirstall station nears opening

Kirkstall Forge station is due to open on June 19, just after RAIL goes to press.

However, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and its partners in the station project, Leeds City Council, site developer CEG, Northern and Network Rail, are hopeful it could open sooner. Approval is being sought from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) for its opening.

It will serve the local community and also ease congestion on the nearby A65.

Construction has also started on a new development nearby, and this is due for completion next year. This will house a 57-acre development with 1,000 new homes, 300,000 square feet of new offices and 100,000 square feet of retail, leisure and community space. Around 2,400 new jobs will be created at the development served by the new station.

Another new station, at Low Moor, is due to open later this year.

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