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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: Highlights from the UKRRIN Annual Conference 2018

On November 13, more than 170 delegates gathered at Kings Place, in central London for the first ever UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) Annual Conference.

With a comprehensive line-up of speakers from UKRRIN’s growing membership of nine leading universities and 15 rail sector companies, other highlights included a key note speech from Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald.

Delegates were also given the opportunity to meet UKRRIN’s Centre of Excellence leads and network members, to understand how individual components of this ground breaking partnership between industry and academia fit together.


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