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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).
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GB Railfreight names Class 66 at Roberts Road

GB Railfreight and Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) celebrated the work undertaken on their project to construct 21 new Class 66s for the freight operator’s fleet by naming 66753 EMD Roberts Road.
In proceedings at Electro-Motive Diesel Ltd.’s Doncaster Roberts Road depot, which opened one year ago, John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight, and Brian Edwards, Vice President of Sales, Locomotive Service Operations & Customer Performance at Progress Rail Services Corporation & EMD, spoke about the importance of the project for what was GB Railfreight’s largest ever investment in new locomotives (exclusively revealed in RAIL 741).
The naming recognises the significant investment made by EMDL in the Roberts Road depot that primarily serves GB Railfreight’s daily freight operations. 

John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight, said: “It is incredibly fitting that, on the day when the third batch of our Class 66 locomotives start their journey on UK soil, we celebrate the project with the naming. “

This has been a project of huge significance to the growth of GB Railfreight – the largest investment in locomotives in our company history – and I want to thank everyone at EMD for making the project such a success”.
Scott Garman, EMDL Sales Director, said: “I am delighted to be a part of this event, celebrating the strong relationship between GBRf and EMD.  It is also gratifying to know that the UK freight operating companies put their faith in the Class 66, which continues to be the most productive, economical and reliable diesel locomotive in the UK.”

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