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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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TfL seeks tunnelling trainer

A new training provider for the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) in Ilford is being sourced by Transport for London (TfL). The contract is for four years with an optional one-year extension.

TUCA was built by Crossrail Limited in 2011, with the Skills Funding Agency contributing. It will continue to be used by Crossrail and also other projects if needed.

TfL wants the successful provider to develop transport, engineering and railway training programmes using the facility. This will be achieved through delivering training programmes including apprenticeships to serve the wider transport and infrastructure sector.

TfL expects the successful bidder to be appointed by October and start work by January 7 2017.

An OJEU notice is available through registration at https://eprocurement.tfl.gov.uk/epps/home.do

The closing date for submissions is June 27.

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