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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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ROG completes work on first ‘37’ for EMU haulage

Rail Operations Group 37884, hired from Europhoenix, hauls 375620 and 375616 through Otford Junction on November 28, with the 0309 Derby Litchurch Lane-Ramsgate. Both ‘375s’ had been refurbished by Bombardier. DAVID STAINES.

Rail Operations Group (ROG) has become the first UK train operator to modify locomotives for the routine movement of electric multiple units. The company has modified 37884 as it looks to expand its presence in the rail services market.

“Having gained huge support from the industry, we invested in our ambition and launched a project in June to acquire and modify a small fleet of Class 37 locomotives. Just five months later, the first one has entered EMU haulage service,” said ROG Operations Director Dave Burley. 

  • For more on this story, read RAIL 790, published on December 23. 
  • An interview with Rail Operations Group will appear in an upcoming edition of RAIL.

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