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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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Anglia's Class 37 charity charter

Direct Rail Services 37405 trails the 1057 to Norwich away from Lowestoft on November 6 2015. RICHARD CLINNICK.

Two Class 37s will visit Ely and London Liverpool Street hauling a charity charter operated by Abellio Greater Anglia on April 30.

AGA’s ‘Short set’ of three Mk 2s will be strengthened with an extra Mk 2 for the train, which will raise funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH).

The train will depart Norwich at 1015, and run non-stop to Ely, returning to Norwich at 1255, before leaving the Norfolk capital for London at 1333. It will run non-stop via the Great Eastern Main Line, arriving in Liverpool Street at 1533, leaving the capital at 1627, arriving back at 1821.

Tickets are £60 with all profits donated to EACH, with bookings made at

AGA is auctioning two cab ride opportunities, one from Norwich to Ely, and the other from Ely to Norwich. The highest bids received by April 24 will win these opportunities. Money raised will go to EACH. There will be an on-board trolley, and again funds will go to EACH.

  • More details will appear in RAIL 794, published on February 17.

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  • FrankH - 09/02/2016 13:56

    A pity more coaches could not be spared.

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