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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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DRS stores another Class 47

Direct Rail Services 47805 John Scott 12.5.45-22.5.12 has been stored. The locomotive failed while hauling passenger trains in East Anglia and requires a new compressor.

It is thought it may make a return to traffic, however DRS has also recently stored 47841 and there is expected to be a reduction in the use of Class 47s by DRS.

Currently DRS has 47501, 47805/841 stored with 47790, 47810/813/818/828/853 available for traffic.

On January 12, DRS had no Class 47s in action at 0845, although 47790 and 47818 were attached to AGA’s ‘short set’. The following day, they were used by AGA.

  • For more on this story, see RAIL 767, published on February 4.

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