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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).
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HNRC seeks stock movement deals

47853 at Great Yarmouth on August 23 2014. RICHARD CLINNICK.

Three locomotives owned by Harry Needle Railroad Company (HNRC) are to be fitted with translator equipment as the company looks to offer its fleet to rail services companies.

Operators such as Rail Operations Group (ROG) have, in recent months, started winning contracts to move multiple units and carriages around the UK, and this line of work is seen as lucrative.

HNRC plans to fit equipment to a Class 31 and two Class 47s, to allow them to haul diesel and electric multiple units without the need to use translator vehicles. This follows similar work ROG has undertaken on Class 37/7s it hires from Europhoenix.

  • For more on this story, read RAIL 797, published on March 30.

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