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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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Meet the ‘Penguilino’

'Penguilino' 390013 at King's Cross on December 1, alongside the 'Claus91' train, featuring Driving Van Trailer 82209. VIRGIN TRAINS.

Virgin Trains unveiled two Christmas trains at London King’s Cross on December 1, as a Class 390 Pendolino was transformed into a ‘Penguilino’ and a Class 91 was turned into a ‘Claus 91’. It was part of a nationwide competition for primary school children, run in conjunction with the Book Trust. The winners were nine-year-old Amber Maxfield from Carlisle and 11-year-old Madeleine Deakin from Copdock (Suffolk), who were at the station to see their drawings come to life. 

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 04/12/2015 11:08

    Both Virgin Trains rolling stock fleets on the WCML and ECML look so Christmasy and it's got a nice feel to these trains. Last year VT West Coast had a reindeer like train. This year both VT West Coast and VT East Coast's trains do have that Christmas feel to their trains.

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