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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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RAIB to issue safety digests

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is to issue safety digests into three accidents in August.

A 4mph buffer stop collision at King’s Cross on August 15 (RAIL 834) resulted in three passengers being slightly hurt. The train and the buffer stop were also damaged.

The second safety digest will cover the August 20 derailment of a High Speed Train power car at London Paddington, which resulted in no injuries.

The final digest will examine an incident on August 22, when a track worker was struck a glancing blow by a train travelling at about 48mph between Wimbledon and Raynes Park stations. In this accident, the track worker suffered minor injuries.

All three safety digests will be made available on the RAIB website.

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