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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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A clear case for investment in North’s railways

Problems facing Northern and TransPennine Express highlight the need for real and substantive investment in the North’s railway system, according to Transport for the North.

A TfN spokesman told RAIL on October 30: “Transport for the North recognises that operators across the region have faced a number of challenges as a direct consequence of delays in the delivery of infrastructure enhancements.”

On the subject of replacing Arriva with an Operator of Last Resort, he said: “We would expect things to change under the Operator of Last Resort but, at this stage, it would be inappropriate to comment on the specifics of any such changes. What we can say is the focus of any such changes would be on securing the right outputs for passengers and rebuilding trust.”

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