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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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BEHIND THE SCENES: GBRF’s Liverpool Intermodal operations

Having operated a one-off intermodal train to the Port of Liverpool, GB Railfreight Managing Director John Smith believes there are huge opportunities for trains from the port.

A one-off intermodal train ran to Port of Liverpool from Maritime Transport’s Birmingham Intermodal Freight Terminal at Birch Coppice on December 22 ( This was the first time a train had run between the two sites.

The freight company released a number of behind-the-scenes images of the train’s arrival and departure.

  • For more on this story, read RAIL 792, published on January 20.