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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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Tarka Line name for FGW Class 150

First Great Western named 150261 on November 27, to mark the 25th anniversary of the launch of the project that transformed the Barnstaple-Exeter line.
The diesel multiple unit was named The Tarka Line, the first 25 years 1989 – 2014 at Barnstaple station at 1035, prior to a meeting of the Tarka Line Forum. The forum began life as the Exeter – Barnstaple Line Working Party at the beginning of the line development project and has met regularly ever since.
As part of the project, the working group came up with a brand name for the local railway service and the “Tarka Line” was born, launched at Barnstaple station in October 1989.


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