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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 Schenker wins Drax supply contract

DB Schenker Rail UK (DB) has won the contract to deliver the vast majority of coal to Drax Power Station.

The three year deal, which began on April 1, will cover the supply routes from the port at Immingham and Kellingley colliery. The contract may be expanded to cover supplementary routes from the North East.

Since 2011, DB has delivered up to 45% of the Drax coal contract. In addition, DB has a contract to supply up to 80% of Drax’s biomass requirement. DB’s contract to haul gypsum, a coal power byproduct, from the station to Kirkby Thore plasterboard factory in Cumbria was renewed in November 2014.

  • For more on this story read RAIL 773, published on April 29

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