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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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Funds provided for MetroWest

Government has provided £53 million for the West of England Growth Deal that includes MetroWest, says Rail Minister Jo Johnson.

In a Commons Written Reply to Thangam Debbonair (Labour, Bristol West), who had asked what plans Government had to fund the first phase of the Metro West project and the reopening of the Portishead line, Johnson said: “MetroWest is a third party-promoted scheme in development by Network Rail.

“The Government has provided funding for the West of England Growth Deal which includes £53m for Metro West Phase 1. The Department will continue to work closely with the local councils in developing the scheme.”

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