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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 to sell locomotives

DRS 20308 at York on February 20 2013. RICHARD CLINNICK.

Three Class 20s are up for sale at Direct Rail Services.

The locomotives (20304/308/309) are all stored at Barrow Hill, and have been out of service for at a year. Currently DRS has no serviceable ‘20s’, and will be left with five (20301-303/305/312) following the sale of these.

The three ‘20s’ for sale are all due an F exam. DRS says 20304 has worn wheelsets and an earth fault on its generator, 20308 has worn wheelsets and requires extensive bodywork corrosion repairs while 20309 is described as having worn wheels but is generally in good condition.

The four coaches are all former MK 2 Virgin Trains East Coast barrier vehicles, and are stored at MoD Longtown. The vehicles are 6354/355/358/359.

DRS is also selling 12 Mk 3 bogies.

The closing date for responses to the Invitation to Tender is February 9.



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