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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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Lift work closes Lambeth North

Lambeth North Tube station will close on July 13 and re-open in February 2017. This will enable London Underground to replace two unreliable lifts at the station.

LU investigated replacing one lift at a time, in order to keep the station open, but found that larger volumes of passengers would use it, thereby placing an extra strain on resources. Also, the project would then have lasted 64 weeks rather than the planned 30.

Adjacent stairs cannot be used as they are too narrow for sole access, and there are around 100 steps.

 

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