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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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GBRf starts serving Mendips

Aggregates trains operated by GB Railfreight are running between Whatley Quarry (Somerset) and Wellingborough Rail Yard as part of a rolling 12-month contract.

The first train ran on January 26, hauled by 66705. It left Whatley at 1639, arriving at 2343. On average there will be one train per week, using one Class 66/7 and 22 JNA wagons.

This is the first time GBRf has served the Mendips. The freight company says it also offers security to the Wellingborough site for wider freight use, with a ten-year deal with London Underground due to end next year.

Given the market challenges rail freight currently faces, it is also an important development for GB Railfreight and the wider industry.

“Aggregates provides a key source of growth for the industry, as we support the British construction sector in its drive to build new homes and infrastructure,” said GBRf Managing Director John Smith. 

“This contract with Hanson UK is the first time we have worked together.” 



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  • SamTheGreenCat - 10/02/2016 19:28

    Is the stone for network rail or other customers ! If network rail does this inot make them infer structure trains and not commercial freight ?

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