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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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Rail Live 2020 cancelled… but it’s back in 2021

This year’s Rail Live, that had been due to take place at Long Marston (Warwickshire) on September 9-10, has been cancelled owing to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 restrictions.

Plans had been under way to move the event onto a virtual platform over the two days. However, it became clear from discussions with exhibitors that the rail industry would prefer not to go ahead with the event this year, but instead to redouble its efforts for a bigger and better Rail Live 2021, when the event is planned to return to its home at Long Marston.

Network Rail Chairman Sir Peter Hendy CBE said: “In the circumstances, it’s a wise decision to shelve the proposed Rail Live for this year in favour of putting every effort into creating a real showstopper Rail Live for 2021.

“Network Rail continues to support Rail Live 100% and we’re already talking to the RAIL team about how NR can help make the show the very best Rail Live yet.”

Plans are already under way for a return of the live event on June 16-17 2021, when it will be an important opportunity for the entire rail industry to come together in the real railway environment that gives Rail Live its unique quality.

More detail on plans for Rail Live 2021 will be released in the coming months, but the following aspects will be returning to the show:

  • Live plant demonstrations.
  • Real rolling stock on display.
  • Networking with 5,000+ visitors from across the railway.
  • The chance to learn about the latest innovations.
  • Hear from expert speakers on key industry topics.

For more information about Rail Live, and to register your interest to attend or exhibit at next year’s event, please visit

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