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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 delivers record mail train improvements

DB Schenker is claiming a record improvement in operational performance with a claimed 96.3% of mail trains arriving at their destination within ten minutes of the schedule.

The company also says it has improved locomotive reliability, with a fleet-wide Moving Annual Average of 40,318 miles without incident. Also, its locomotive reliability team has improved locomotive reliability by more than 100%, helped by six mobile technicians.

Royal Mail Head of Contract Operations David Hawkins described DB’s performance as “excellent”, adding: “Two months ago we saw a record arrival on the East Coast Main Line of 100% to time. That’s evolved through our partnership because of the way we work together, and a journey over the past seven years based on honesty.

DB operates six daily Royal Mail services on the West Coast Main Line and two on the East Coast Main Line, as well as maintaining Royal Mail’s fleet of 15 Class 325 electric multiple units.

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