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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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Cumbrian Coast work for Anglian-based ‘37’

Direct Rail Services 37425 Sir Robert McAlpine/Concrete Bob passes Foxfield on the Cumbrian Coast on March 25, with the 0546 Barrow-in-Furness-Carlisle. ROBERT FRANCE.

Usually allocated to passenger trains in East Anglia, Direct Rail Services 37425 Sir Robert McAlpine/Concrete Bob has been used recently by Northern Rail on Cumbrian Coast trains.

The Class 37/4 was required because of a shortage of available DRS locomotives following failures.

Two Class 37/4s (plus one spare) are used by Abellio Greater Anglia to top and tail a rake of DRS Mk 2s, while three are needed for Northern Rail, with two in action and one in charge of a recently introduced ‘hot spare’ set.

For AGA, DRS has allocated 37405/419/422/425, while for Northern, DRS has allocated 37401/402/409/423., DRS also has 37407 and 37424 undergoing major rebuilds at Railway Vehicle Engineering Ltd, with 37413 expected to follow. 

  • For more on the Class 37/4 passenger work, read RAIL 798, published on April 13.

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