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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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Khan pledges hate crime action alongside BTP

London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he will work with the capital’s police forces to tackle hate crime on the city’s transport network.

Since the European Union referendum on June 23 there has been a rise in racist or xenophobic abuse in London.

The WeStandTogether campaign will entail the British Transport Police, Metropolitan Police and City of London Police planning several days of action over the coming months, where they will meet and speak with members of the public about hate crimes.

BTP Divisional Commander Martin Fry said: “Incidents of hate crime are thankfully extremely low on the rail network. Any crime or incident of anti-social behaviour that is motivated by hatred is absolutely abhorrent and won’t be tolerated. We want Londoners to stand together to tackle hate crime.”

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