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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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Hitachi Rail Europe seeks new recruits for £80m depot

Hitachi Rail Europe is recruiting 150 staff from the Bristol area for its Stoke Gifford depot.

The £80 million depot, near Bristol Parkway, will be responsible for engine repairs, wheelset changes and train inspections on Great Western Railway’s Intercity Express Programme fleet.

The jobs are permanent and HRE is recruiting from outside the rail industry - it is looking at the aviation, automotive and military sectors. It also hopes to recruit more women and young people - when the depot is open, Stoke Gifford will recruit four new apprentices.

 “This is great news, as it shows how our long-term investment in the modernisation of the rail network is creating new skills and new jobs,” said Rail Minister Paul Maynard.

Stoke Gifford Depot Manager Gary Martin said: “The depot will soon become a source of great local pride, where new trains carrying millions of passengers will be serviced to the highest of standards.”

Applications should be made via HRE’s careers website: There is also a dedicated Facebook page (Hitachi Rail Bristol - recruitment), where vacancies will be regularly posted along with information about assessment centre dates.



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