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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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First DB Schenker Class 66 for sale

DB Schenker has put 66048 up for sale. The Class 66/0 is heavily damaged, having derailed and rolled down a bank after passing a signal at danger at Carrbridge on January 4 2010, and has been stripped of reusable components.

DB stored the Class 66 at Toton, where it remains today. It will be sold in ‘as seen’ condition and the successful bidder must move the locomotive at their own expense.

Registrations of interests should be emailed to [email protected]. Closing date for registrations is September 4 at 1200.

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

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