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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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VIDEO: Tony Walsh reads National Rail Awards poem

RAIL commissioned Manchester poet Tony Walsh to write a bespoke poem to celebrate how British railways changed the world and to salute the countless men and women who keep the railway, and this country, moving. Tony Walsh presented the poem to close RAIL's National Rail Awards 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on September 21.

With thanks to the sponsors who made this poem possible:

 

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