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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 Class 47s… then there was one

47828 at Great Yarmouth on November 28 2014. RICHARD CLINNICK.

Direct Rail Services stored 47828 on December 7, leaving only one Class 47 in the serviceable fleet. It is thought that all will be withdrawn by the end of the year.

The latest casualty was dragged to Crewe Gresty Bridge on December 4, having failed while on Railhead Treatment Train duties from Stowmarket in November. It follows 47805/818, which were stored in November, and joins 47810/813/841/853, which were already stored.

The last serviceable Class 47 in the DRS fleet is 47790 Galloway Princess. It moved to Norwich on November 23, but has worked only a handful of empty coaching stock moves, and has rarely been used otherwise. 

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