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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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DB doubles London Gateway to Trafford Park traffic

The number of intermodal trains operated by DB Schenker between London Gateway and Trafford Park in Manchester has doubled.

DB now runs four trains per week, in response to customer demand, according to the operator.

DB Schenker Head of Intermodal Adrian Fleming said: “The intermodal market continues to be buoyant as customers look to the most cost-efficient and environmentally friendly way of moving freight across the country.”

London Gateway has the UK’s largest port rail freight terminal, with more than 30% of the port’s cargo carried by rail. DB was the first company to offer scheduled rail freight services from the port.

  • For more on the story, see RAIL 767, published on February 4.

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