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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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PICTURES: Grayrigg remembered

It’s been ten years since Britain’s last train accident that resulted in the death of a passenger, when Virgin Trains Pendolino City of Glasgow derailed at 90mph near Grayrigg, Cumbria, on February 23 2007.

To mark the anniversary, RAIL presents a series of images taken in the immediate aftermath of the crash, that was blamed on pointwork poorly maintained by Network Rail.

For more on this story, read RAIL 820, published on February 15

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