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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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Green launches cosmetic restoration of 1950s EMU

Former NSE Director Chris Green, who was at the helm of the organisation between 1986 and 1991, spoke at the National Railway Museum on November 8 about how 2HAP 4308, which has been stored at the NRM since 1995, had revolutionised commuter travel into London.

Green, also the honorary president of the Network SouthEast Railway Society, said: “Our 19-strong team of volunteers has already spruced the vehicle up, ready for today’s announcement. Although the interiors are in good order, the roof and bodyside panels need repair or replacement, which will need assistance from specialist contractors.

“Our aim is to cosmetically restore the vehicle back to its colourful 1986 livery, in time to mark the 30th anniversary of the launch of Network SouthEast that year.”

  • For more information, see RAIL 762, published November 26

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