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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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Specialist help on Greater Anglia's accessible new trains

Specialist attention has helped make Greater Anglia’s new Stadler Class 755 bi-mode trains as accessible as possible, the operator says.

The trains have low floors and a retractable step at each door, and Dominic Lund-Conlon, head of accessibility and inclusion at the Rail Delivery Group, carried out a final overnight test before entry into service to give his final feedback on the sliding step and bespoke portable ramps.

Both features were tested at every station between Norwich and Cambridge, while Lund-Conlon also made use of the train’s accessible area.

“The new trains have been designed in partnership between disabled people and rail professionals,” he said.

“The desire to deliver a train that is properly accessible includes better visual messaging for those with hearing impairments, stronger contrasts within the train, and space for assistance animals where required.

“The collaborative efforts of all involved has resulted in a train fit for the future.”

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