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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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GB Railfreight runs first Drax train from Port of Liverpool

GB Railfreight ran its first train for Drax Power yesterday (October 26), hauling biomass from the Port of Liverpool to Drax Power Station in Selby (North Yorkshire).

The operator’s only Class 59, 59003 Yeoman Highlander, led the train of 25 wagons, carrying a total of 1,600 tonnes of biomass pellets, with 66706 at the rear.

The train departed Port of Liverpool at 1725. At Tuebrook sidings (Liverpool), 59003 was detached and 66706 continued to Drax Power Station. It arrived at 0159 on October 27.

The journey marks the first phase of a project to increase the number of biomass trains from the Port of Liverpool, the second phase of which will be complete in 2016.

  • For more on this story, see RAIL 787 published on November 11 2015.

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  • vincent mcmahon - 28/03/2016 15:29

    I seen this train pulling 25 wagons last tuesday 22/3/2016 at slattocks bridge m24,no engine at rear so would it be empty heading toward manchester abt 14-00 hours

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