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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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Freight train derails at Sheffield

Sixteen wagons forming Freightliner’s 0213 Hope-Dewsbury train derailed in Sheffield station’s northern throat in the early hours of November 11.

Hauled by 66603, the train derailed at around 0245 as it passed Platform 1. Nobody was hurt in the accident, which resulted in one of the cement tanks landing on its side.

That morning’s peak service was badly disrupted, as five of the station’s eight platforms were blocked.

Network Rail said there had also been significant damage to signalling and points.

“Thankfully, train derailments are very rare, but when they do happen we have to act with utmost caution to protect the safety of everyone using the railway,” said Network Rail North and East Route Director Matt Rice.

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