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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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Minister updates on Williams review

Priorities set out by Keith Williams in his rail industry review for the Government “remain the right ones”, according to Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris.

Responding on September 3 to a Commons Written Question by Matt Western (Labour, Warwick and Leamington), who had asked when the heavily-delayed review would be published, Heaton-Harris said: “The Government is committed to transforming our railways and building on Keith Williams’ evidence-based priorities. We want to create a railway that puts passengers first, delivers better value for money and supports the nation’s recovery from COVID-19.

“COVID-19 struck when the Williams Rail Review was in its final stages. The priorities that Keith set out remain the right ones. We are working with him now to consider how best to deliver reform in light of these unique challenges.”

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