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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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Routes close for Wherry Lines signalling upgrade

Semaphore signalling is being removed from the Wherry Lines (Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft), in a project that is closing the branches for almost a month.

Level crossings are also being modernised and six signal boxes closed as Network Rail completes a project that should have been finished last year, but which was delayed due to problems with the equipment installed. As a result, the Reedham-Great Yarmouth route via Berney Arms closed in October 2018 and has yet to reopen.

The level crossings at Brundall, Cantley, Lingwood Chapel Road, Lingwood Station Road, Oulton Broad North and Strumpshaw will be upgraded to full barriers with remote-controlled CCTV. Victoria Road crossing on the East Suffolk Line near Oulton Broad South is also being upgraded.

NR closed the Norwich-Yarmouth line from February 1-16, with buses replacing trains. From February 3-16, the line from Beccles-Lowestoft was also closed with trains starting and terminating at Beccles. From February 3-23, the Norwich-Lowestoft line is shut.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 898, published on February 12, and available digitally from February 8.

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