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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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Burnham to showcase innovations at Smart Transport conference

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham will set out the region’s transport priorities at this year’s Virtual Smart Transport Conference.

The free event, organised by RAIL’s fellow Bauer Media title Smart Transport, is being held in association with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM). It takes place virtually on October 20-22 to showcase solutions to government policy in the UK transport sector.

Eight sessions will be held across the three days, with more than 45 speakers already confirmed.

Burnham will set out where future investment is being directed and look at some of the area’s most successful transport innovations.

Experts from TfGM will also give presentations across the three days, including Sarah Kumeta (senior innovation officer), Dominic Smith (senior transport strategy officer cycling and walking ‘Streets for All’), Chris Boardman (walking and cycling commissioner), Conor Chaplin (innovation officer) and Nicola Kane (head of strategic planning, insight and innovation).

To find out more about the event and to gain access to all of these presentations and more, register for FREE entry at

Delegates who sign up will be able to watch recordings of any sessions they have missed, and reach out to speakers and headline strategic partners via email, chat and one-to-one meetings.

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