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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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Timetable for withdrawal of Class 91s

The first LNER Class 91s will be withdrawn from the end of July.

It has been speculated that 91108/120/132 will be the first three withdrawn, followed by 91103 in August, with the process then starting again at the end of January. The final two (91105/109) would go on June 30 2020.

LNER spokesman Peter Hess told RAIL: “A list was originally worked up based on mileage, but it has changed and will continue to change following faults and repairs picked up while the locomotives are in service. I can, however, confirm that the first ‘91s’ will be withdrawn in July.”

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 881, published on June 19, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from June 15.



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