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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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FROM THE FILES: 50007 reprieve

With 50007 Hercules changing hands, RAIL looks back to December 1991 when we reported our sponsorship of the locomotive's maintenance for 12 months. 
At the time the Class 50 had been condemned, but a return was planned due to its popularity. 

  • For details of the sale of 50007, and its future, read RAIL 814, published on November 23.