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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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Direct Rail Services stores three locomotives

Three locomotives have been stored by Direct Rail Services.

A Class 37/5, a Class 47/8 and a Class 57/0 have all been removed, although it is likely that the latter will be returned to traffic.

On November 1, 37682, 47841 and 57007 were stored. RAIL understands that the Class 37 and 47 have been on the ‘hit list’ for some time - both are stored at Crewe Gresty Bridge. The Class 57 is at Arlington Fleet Services’ Eastleigh Works, where it is undergoing an overhaul.

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