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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 moves stored Class 57/0s to Longtown

DRS 57004 at Norwich on December 5 2015. This is one of three '57s' moved to Longtown for storage. RICHARD CLINNICK.

Three stored Class 57/0s were moved by Direct Rail Services to MoD Longtown on June 2.

The locomotives (57004/008/009) have been stored since December 2015, following the end of the railhead treatment train (RHTT) season. Two of the locomotives (57008/009) are leased from Porterbrook, while DRS owns 57004 outright - the only ‘57’ it owns.

A further three DRS Class 57/0s (57010-012) are stored at Crewe Gresty Bridge, and are also likely to move to Longtown. These have also been out of traffic since December after being employed on RHTTs. Class 57/0s are used mainly on those duties, rather than other DRS work.

DRS has 57002 undergoing overhaul at Railway Vehicle Engineering Ltd’s Derby facility, while 57003 and 57007 remain in traffic. 

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