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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 DBSO set for November return

Direct Rail Services 9710 stands inside Railway Vehicle Engineering Ltd’s Derby facility on June 26, undergoing a rebuild before entering traffic in November.

Bought from DCRail, the Mk 2f Driving Brake Standard Open (DBSO) is destined for use on the Cumbrian Coast Class 37-hauled trains operated by Northern Rail.

It will be painted in Northern livery when it is released, and will follow 9705/707, which have already been refurbished but have yet to enter traffic.

After 9710 is released, two more DRS DBSOs will be released, each eight weeks apart. RICHARD CLINNICK. 

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  • Ethan - 26/05/2018 18:58

    The DBSO's Are Funny Looking Things Personally I Think It Is Cruel That The Class 68 My Favourite Locomotive Spoils The View You Get Of The Mark 2 DBSO But I Love The Class 68 Better Than The Class 37/4 But I Love The DRS Compass Livery And Northern Rail Uniform Together I Think Northern And DRS Are Close Friends Long Live The Class 68!!!

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