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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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Wavewalker starts work at Dawlish

The second phase of resilience work at Dawlish station began on November 5, with the arrival off the coast of an eight-legged walking jack-up barge known as a Wavewalker.

The machine will be used by contractor BAM Nuttall to access the sea face of the railway embankment along Marine Parade and help install piling at the sea wall. It is able to operate across high tidal ranges that would otherwise restrict the number of hours that can safely be worked in the area.

The second phase involves construction of 415 metres of sea wall with a recurve panel to deflect waves and a high-level and wider promenade. It is expected to take around two years to complete, and together with the recently finished Phase 1 west of the station costs £80 million.

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