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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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Virgin Trains HST livery celebrates National Railway Museum

Virgin Trains East Coast 43238 in its new advertising livery.

David Horne, Virgin Trains East Coast Managing Director, and Paul Kirkman, National Railway Museum Director, named High Speed Train power car 43238 National Railway Museum 40 Years 1975 – 2015 at York station on September 23.

The same Class 43 previously carried the name National Railway Museum – The First Ten Years 1975 – 1985 for 12 years from 1985. It now wears a distinctive and specially-designed livery, depicting key exhibits from the Museum’s collection, including the working replica of Stephenson’s Rocket, and Locomotion No.1 which is currently on loan to Darlington’s Head of Steam Railway Museum.

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