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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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Class 68s return to the Norfolk coast

Spectators travelling to an airshow in Great Yarmouth on June 16/17 will be served by three sets of locomotive-hauled trains across both days.

The workings will bring Class 68s back to the Norfolk coast, nine months after Greater Anglia ceased hiring a top-and-tail pair of the locomotives from Direct Rail Services.

DRS will supply two pairs of ‘68s’ that will each top-and-tail a rake of GA Mk 3s. The DRS Class 37/4s and Mk 2s operated by GA will also be in action. To cover for the Mk 3s being used on the trains, GA Class 321s will be used on the Great Eastern Main Line expresses.

On June 16, the ‘68s’ will be used on the 0906, 0955, 1055, 1125, 1255, 1355, 1455, 1555, 1650, 1825, 1912, 2000, 2044 and 2150 departures from Norwich. Returns will be at 0947, 1035, 1147, 1247, 1347, 1447, 1547, 1730, 1830, 1915, 1955, 2050, 2147 and 2352.

On June 17, the ‘68s’ will be used on the 0905, 0950, 1052, 1120, 1252, 1350, 1452, 1550, 1652, 1818, 1915, 2005, 2105 and 2215 departures from Norwich and 0942, 1035, 1155, 1252, 1335, 1452, 1535, 1735, 1835 1915, 1955, 2052, 2152 and 2330 from Great Yarmouth.

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