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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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GCR Class 47 to move to BREL for repairs

Preserved Class 47 D1705 Sparrowhawk, which is based at the Great Central Railway, will move to Boden Rail Engineering Ltd’s Washwood Heath depot after the GCR’s March 28/29 gala.

It will be out of traffic for nine months undergoing repairs to badly leaking roof panels and to its silencer. It will also receive a body lift to replace a defective bogie spring that restricts the locomotive to a maximum 40mph.

Once the work is completed, D1705 will be repainted by BREL into authentic early-1970s guise as 1705.

  • For more on this story, see RAIL 768, published on February 18.

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