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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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Digital Railway

Digital Rail Special Report
As first phase schemes including Thameslink and Crossrail move closer to completion later this year, Network Rail’s Managing Director for Digital Railway David Waboso outlines his vision to Paul Stephen for where the DR programme rollout will go next.
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■ David Waboso reveals next steps for DR
■ Behind the scenes at Thameslink
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