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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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Test trains run on Northern Line extension

Empty passenger trains travelled on the new Northern Line extension, between Kennington and Battersea Power Station, for the first time over the festive period.

The empty trains left the existing Northern Line at Kennington as part of infrastructure testing. Work is currently focused on software testing and completing the fitting-out of two new stations at Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms.

Already completed is the permanent electricity supply to the new stations, energisation of the traction supply to rails, and commissioning of the latest signalling software.

It should open to the public later this year.

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