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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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Huge rise in Class 67 reliability

Class 67 performance has increased by more than 100%, says their operator DB Schenker.

In 2014, the 30-strong fleet completed 1.376 million miles in traffic with only 11 technical failures. DB said this was down to the company’s Locomotive Reliability Team, which uses data collection and analysis to identify failures, and create solutions to eradicate them.

DB Head of Maintenance and Infrastructure Andrew Byrne said: “The group has further improved the reliability of our Class 67s, and each member of the team should be proud of their achievements.”

  • For more on this story see RAIL 776, published on June 10 2015

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