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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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Crash damaged Class 66 moves to Stoke

66048 at Longport on March 19. CLIFF BEETON.

Former DB Cargo UK 66048 has arrived at EMD's Longport facility near Stoke.

The Class 66 was damaged when it derailed at Carrbridge in January 2010 and ended up down an embankment.
DB Schenker stored the locomotive, which never returned to traffic. It was sold to C F Booth's earlier this year, and has been re-sold to EMD. Its bogies have been retained by DB it is understood.
The Class 66 arrived in the UK on January 4 1999, and was in traffic for 11 years.


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