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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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Final batch of UK ‘66/7s’ due in 2016

Seven Class 66/7s have been registered in the UK, even though they will not arrive until next year.

GB Railfreight 66773-66779 have been allocated to the GBNB pool. They are the last Class 66s that will ever be delivered to the UK, and will follow 66752-66772 (also in the GBNB pool). The latter were delivered in 2014, having been ordered by GBRf at the start of the year.

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

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