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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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ORR begins RSSB review

The Office of Rail and Road started its five-yearly review of the Rail Safety & Standards Board on June 10.

The review will take place in two phases. The first will examine the delivery of recommendations made in the 2010 review, while the second will look at the RSSB’s future strategy and direction. The first phase will finish at the end of the summer, with the second following later this year with publication of the final report.

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