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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 seeks the Seven Wonders of the Railway!

Britain’s railways are famous for incredible feats of engineering, spectacular ingenuity, and innovation that has shaped railways all over the world.

With so many aspects of the railway fitting that description, RAIL has decided to find out which ones can truly lay claim to the title of one of the Seven Wonders of the Railway.

Which of our stations, bridges, viaducts, tunnels or routes really stand out from the crowd, and what makes them so special? Is it their impressive architecture, or the challenges that were overcome to achieve the seemingly impossible?

We want YOU to nominate a contender, along with a short citation to support your chosen wonder. We will collate the nominations and invite readers to vote for their favourites. RAIL will announce the winning Seven Wonders of the Railway in a special issue later in the year.

We can only do justice to this project with support from the industry, so we’re very grateful to SYSTRA which is already sponsoring this special project! Contact [email protected] to find out more.

Send your nominations to: [email protected] with the subject line ‘Seven Wonders of the Railway’ or by post to RAIL, Media House, Lynchwood, Peterborough, PE2 6EA, by October 9.

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