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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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GB Railfreight unveils final Class 66 for the UK

GB Railfreight unveiled the final ever Class 66 to be built for the UK and European markets on May 10.

In a ceremony at the National Railway Museum, 66779 was named Evening Star. It has been painted in lined express Brunswick green in a similar style to that of the last steam locomotive built, 9F 92220, which was also named Evening Star. The two locomotives were displayed together during the ceremony.

JACK BOSKETT presents a selection of images from the event.

  • For more on the unveiling, read RAIL 801, published on May 25.