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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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Shotts Line to be wired in £49 million deal

A £49 million deal has been agreed for the electrification of 46 miles on the Shotts line between Holytown Junction and Midcalder Junction.

Network Rail awarded the deal to Carillion Powerlines Ltd on January 12. The line to be wired links Edinburgh and Glasgow, and will be wired by March 2019. 

 

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