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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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RBF special raises £17,000 for charity

Rail charity The Railway Benefit Fund’s first ever special train raised more than £17,000 on November 7.

South West Trains 159103 took 270 passengers on a 12-hour tour of London, Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset, starting and finishing at London Waterloo.

Passengers also had a ride on a steam train at Yeovil Railway Centre and travelled to the end of the line at Bournemouth depot. SWT provided its resources free, while the Branch Line Society promoted the train at no charge.

SWT Managing Director and RBF Chairman Tim Shoveller said: “Speaking on behalf of RBF, I thank all those involved in raising the splendid total of £17,315. That includes the Branch Line Society for their all-round support and for marketing the train, and Rail Gourmet who provided an on-train trolley service of food and drink on the day.

“A really big thank you must also go to the passengers who bought souvenirs and raffle tickets on the train. This contributed £1,700 of the incredible total raised.”

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