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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 stores more ‘47s’

DRS 47805 at Norwich on June 24. RICHARD CLINNICK.

Only two of Direct Rail Services’ eight Class 47s remain in traffic, after two were stored at Carlisle Kingmoor.

Removed from traffic were 47805 John Scott 12.5.45-22.5.12 and 47818. Both had failed while being used on railhead treatment trains (RHTTs) in East Anglia. They join 47810/813/841/853 on the sidelines, leaving only 47790 Galloway Princess and 47828 available for use.

Sources suggest that the Type 4s are to be dispensed with once the RHTT season ends.

DRS Class 47s have had their work steadily reduced, despite being overhauled, modified and repainted as recently as last year. The operator has instead decided to use Class 37/4s because of their perceived increased versatility. DRS had even applied its new livery to 47810 Peter Bath MBE 1927-2006, but that has been stored since April.

  • For more on this, as well as changes to the DRS fleet, read RAIL 789, published on December 9. 

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