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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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First concrete panels installed in new Dawlish Sea Wall

The first segments of the new Dawlish Sea Wall have been installed at Marine Parade.

The concrete panels were erected on February 9, despite hazardous conditions caused by Storm Ciara. They will form part of the new structure designed to protect the railway from the sea.

More than 100 panels will be installed at the site between Dawlish station and Kennaway Tunnel over the coming weeks. Once installation and back-filling of the panels is complete, Network Rail will also install track drainage and then begin work on creating a wider promenade that will also retain views of the coast.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 899, published on February 26, and available digitally from February 22.

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  • Mrs c garner - 18/02/2020 18:43

    Hi anyone tell me on dawlish sea wall concrete blocks installed does this mean now when u walk along sea wall towards warren track on left sea on right are u not going to be able to sea the sea anymore

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