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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 to host webinar on mental health

RAIL is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its first ever webinar.

Featuring high-profile speakers including Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris, HM Chief Inspector of Railways Ian Prosser CBE and Network Rail’s Suicide Prevention Programme Manager Ian Stevens MBE, the 45-minute live streaming event will examine how mental health and wellbeing is being promoted across the rail industry.

With particular focus on the added emotional strain being presented by the Coronavirus pandemic, representatives from LNER and Southeastern will provide practical case studies on how these efforts are being implemented on the front line.

There will also be an opportunity for viewers to ask questions during a live Q&A session.

Supporting each other: mental health and the railway will take place at 1400 on July 1. For further details, including joining instructions, visit


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