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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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Class 90s brought in for Sleepers

GB Railfreight is leasing Class 90s from Freightliner to operate Serco’s Caledonian Sleepers, as the allocated Class 92s are in need of servicing. 

“Following a couple of recent failures, we have now decided to temporarily remove the Class 92s from front line service on the Caledonian Sleeper to enable GBRf and its maintenance partners to tackle the issues that have been causing concern”, said David Simpson, Serco production and safety director for the Caledonian Sleeper. 

Although Class 92s will not be used on the main line, they are still being used for empty Sleeper stock movements to and from depots.

For much more on this story, read RAIL 782, published on September 2.

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  • Sam Jones - 24/08/2015 14:47

    Ha ha ha! The Class 90 just cannot stay away from it's homeland for too long!

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