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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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Warnes: Northern must retain DMUs

Northern Rail Planning and Programmes Director Rob Warnes says it is important to ensure that the diesel multiple units displaced by Class 319 electric multiple units remain within the Northern Rail franchise.

He acknowledged suggestions on February 24 that a potential delay to trans-Pennine electrification could mean that the imminent TransPennine Express franchise Invitation To Tender would include a requirement for additional DMUs.

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

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