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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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Eurotunnel orders three new freight shuttles

Eurotunnel has ordered three new freight shuttles totalling €40 million, adding to the 15 shuttles already in its fleet. The expansion will increase the operator's capacity by 20% and allow it to run up to eight departures per hour at peak, compared with six currently.

The order is intended to assist Eurotunnel in transporting 2 million trucks per year in 2020. Each shuttle (which will be built by WBN Waggonbrau Niesky GmbH) will be 800 metres long and will have 32 carrying wagons, three loader wagons and a carriage to transport the truck drivers.

Delivery is expected at the end of 2016 and into early 2017.



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