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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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National Rail Awards 2018: OUTSTANDING PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION (MANAGEMENT) Winner: Steve Naybour – Head of Transformation – S&C South Alliance, Network Rail

“Steve was the outright winner, showing incredible enthusiasm, professionalism and dynamism,” said the judges.

Steve Naybour, aka ‘Engineer Steve’, saw Mark Carne, the Network Rail Chief Executive at the time, on the BBC News explaining what NR was doing at Waterloo. Steve felt he could help. So he set about producing a series of video blogs explaining the problems that NR was dealing with in relation to its inherited Victorian assets at Waterloo, and how they are being replaced. His goal was to pitch the blogs at a level his mum could understand!

The response on Twitter was amazing - one of his videos has had more than 15,000 views. The success and positive feedback from the videos are all as a result of Steve’s passion for his work at NR and his desire to communicate better about what it is they do. He is currently in the process of appointing ‘Engineer Charmaine’ to carry on his legacy!

  • For FULL coverage of the National Rail Awards, read RAIL 862, published on September 26, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle on September 22.

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