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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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Approval for Doncaster ‘iPort’

Plans to build a 35-acre rail freight terminal at Doncaster have been approved by the local authority.

The project by real estate investor Veridon is part of the 337-acre ‘iPort’ that will have up to six million square feet of warehouse space, and which will be linked to the South Yorkshire Joint Line near Rossington as well as nearby major roads.

The freight terminal will be able to handle 775 metre-long trains. It will have two handling sidings, a 400m-plus headshunt, locomotive release siding, and a 45m-plus cripple siding. It is being designed to accommodate 25-ton axle loadings, and can handle W9, 10 and W12 loading gauge trains.

  • For more on this story, read RAIL 769, published on March 4. 

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