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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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Buildings cleared for Euston HS2

Two major demolition projects at London Euston have revealed the extent of the new HS2 platforms and concourse to be built at the terminus.

The six-month demolition of the former Ibis Hotel on Cardington Street was completed in the first two weeks of April, while the second half of the disused National Temperance Hospital was also completed in that timeframe.

Two time capsules were discovered during the work, and will be conserved for future study and display in the community.

The demolitions were carried out by enabling works contractor Costain Skanska Joint Venture, with sub-contractor Keltbray.

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