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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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Rail services hit as flash flooding causes landslips

Rail services have resumed between Bradford and Ilkley and from Oakham to Corby, after flash flooding caused landslips at two separate locations.

Network Rail engineers worked throughout June 8 to repair a ballast washout near Baildon (West Yorkshire).

The embankment failure came as forecasters placed West Yorkshire under a yellow weather warning for residents to ‘be aware’, with heavy downpours recorded throughout the region. Passengers used rail replacement bus services between Shipley and Guiseley, and services resumed on the morning on June 9.

Four days later and 130 miles to the south, a landslip near Corby forced East Midlands Trains to suspend or redirect all of its direct services from Melton Mowbray and Oakham to London St Pancras via Corby on June 13.

Passengers were advised to travel to either Leicester or Peterborough to connect with London-bound services on the East Coast Main Line or Midland Main Line, before the landslip was stabilised and services restored on June 14. 

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