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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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New electric shunters for DB Schenker

DB Schenker Rail UK has introduced new electric shunting units at its maintenance depots at Crewe and Toton, where almost 14,000 locomotive moves are undertaken each year.

The Zephir 1800e CRAB machines are capable of pulling or pushing 400 tonnes, meaning in the dry the units will be capable of moving up to three Class 66 locomotives at a time. It is estimated the new shunters will reduce CO2 emissions by 649 tonnes each year.

The bright yellow vehicles will also increase visibility during shunting and require less human interaction in coupling operations. 

Until recently all DB depots used diesel locomotives. In September 2014, the company decommissioned the majority of its Class 08 fleet, using main line locomotives to undertake shunting.



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