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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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More DB Schenker trains from London Gateway

DB Schenker will run intermodal trains from London Gateway five days per week.

Currently it operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but is adding trains to Wakefield on Tuesdays and Thursdays. DB already serves the port from Trafford Park and South Wales.

Adrian Fleming, Head of Intermodal at DB Schenker Rail UK, said: “Rail freight is an attractive cog in the supply chain because it gives businesses a cost efficient and environmentally friendly solution to moving goods across the country, as well as internationally.”

  • For more on this story, see RAIL 771, published on April 1.

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