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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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Six shunters for HNRC

Harry Needle Railroad Company has bought six Class 08s from DB Schenker.

The locomotives (08578, 08653, 08701/714, 08824/865) formed part of the latest tender list. Five of the shunters are destined to join the HNRC hire fleet, while 08701 will be used as a spares donor. 

  • For more on HNRC, read RAIL 787, published on November 11. 

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