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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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Dawlish Sea Wall damaged

Dawlish Sea Wall was damaged last night as a result of Storm Emma.

Network Rail confirmed visual inspections were completed this meaning and that no structural damage was found. NR said the integrity of the railway had not been damaged.

But it did say that 10-15 metres of fencing and associated coping stones have been damaged, with some now lying on the railway. NR is working to make this safe temporary fencing needs erecting. It added that a substantial amount of ballast was washed across the track along a 150 metre section of railway. Engineers are now working to remove and replace the ballast it said.

Dawlish station has suffered minor damage, with wooden panels and handrails washed onto the track, and a small section of the platform damaged. NR is currently repairing the station.
NR Western Route Managing Director Mark Langman said: “Team Orange will be working round the clock to make the railway safe so that it can reopen. There will be no services on this line today and we will issue an update later today confirming when we expect to reopen this section of the railway. Currently reopening is anticipated to be within the next 24-36 hours.”

  • For more on this, read RAIL 848, published on March 14, and available digitally on Android and iPad on March 10.

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  • BigTone - 02/03/2018 13:09

    They were all warned, how soon it gets forgotten

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  • FrankH - 02/03/2018 14:52

    Cue every council and tourist agency to jump up and down demanding a diversionary route.

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  • FrankH - 02/03/2018 15:54

    Today friday 1530 the line is flooded so nothing would be running regardless.

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 02/03/2018 19:05

    I think that a new diversion route is needed very soon and to close this section of line down once the new line that will divert trains away from the sea wall and the sea at Dawlish. With a new station on the new line to be built for the Devon seaside town. And this once closed railway line to become a sea defence with footpath for walkers. Even though it does attract tourists and train enthusiasts. But the new line will change all that at Dawlish.

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