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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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For the Fallen ‘91’ designated for National Collection

The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum has ratified the designation of Virgin Trains East Coast 91111, For the Fallen. The designation includes the locomotive itself, its nameplates and its wraparound commemorative vinyl.

The Railway Heritage Designation Advisory Board, chaired by Lord Faulkner, made the recommendation after he attended the dedication ceremony at London Kings Cross. It was approved by the Science Museum Trustees on March 4.

Designer Paul Gentleman and East Coast worked with five regiments along the East Coast Main Line to create the livery which carries images and stories from the Great War.

Gentleman said: “I am absolutely thrilled and honoured that this livery will now be preserved long after the locomotive’s working life comes to an end. As far as I’m aware this is the first time a livery has been designated.”

The locomotive is operated by VTEC on lease from Eversholt Rail Group.

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  • Alan Haydock - 16/08/2020 18:32

    Superb choice and as much a war memorial as any static fixture. A lasting tribute to those who served and a representative of a highly significant locomotive class.

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