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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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Level crossing misuse: Network Rail and British Transport Police issue safety plea

Network Rail and the British Transport Police have issued a joint plea for the public to stop taking risks on level crossings, following an increase in reports of trespass incidents and level crossing misuse.

The organisations say cameras have captured “dozens” of incidents, including people wandering along tracks or misusing level crossings by stopping to take selfies or pictures of others.

They have urged people not to loiter or be complacent when using a level crossing, calling on parents to ensure their children are closely supervised when in the vicinity of the railway.

The BTP said it has recorded 221 incidents of trespass and 67 incidents of misuse at level crossings so far this year, but expects the actual number of occasions that people have risked their lives to be much higher.

NR said these incidents have also led to delays for passengers, with more than 7,000 minutes of delay caused directly by trespass and level crossing misuse so far this year.

“Each year, hundreds of people take risks on and around the railway, resulting in tragic consequences and life-changing injuries,” said British Transport Police Embedded Inspector Beata Evans.

 

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