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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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FLHH axes 145 jobs as coal cuts bite

Freightliner Heavy Haul (FLHH) is to cut 145 ground staff, shunting and driving jobs as the closure of coal-fired power stations accelerates.

FLHH spokesman Ben Lee said: “Freightliner Heavy Haul has entered discussions with the train drivers’ union ASLEF regarding the severe reduction in coal demand in the UK. Initial discussions are around redeployment within the company, but regrettably job losses are inevitable. The full impact is still being quantified and the entire process will be conducted in full consultation with the unions.”

While consultation with ASLEF takes place, the RMT union said the job losses announced in mid-February had sent “shockwaves through the industry”, and called on the Government to intervene to prevent rail freight capacity being lost for good.

  • For more on this story, read RAIL 795 published on March 2

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  • FrankH - 04/03/2016 15:09

    They seem to have cut back on using class 86's on containers north of Crewe. The class 70's have been in charge since Lamington was reopened. I miss the traction motor whine.

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