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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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Turbostar hits tractor on Breckland Line crossing

A tractor driver was airlifted to hospital on April 10 after an Abellio Greater Anglia Class 170 hit his vehicle on a User Worked Crossing (UWC).

The accident happened between Harling Road and Thetford. There were reportedly six passengers who suffered minor injuries when the 1203 Norwich-Cambridge hit the tractor on the UWC.

The Class 170 was damaged, with its brake cylinders and engine sump ripped off.

Trains on the Breckland Line were suspended following the accident.



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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 11/04/2016 22:30

    I think the train driver and tractor driver have escaped with minor injuries including the 10 passengers onboard the train when it crashed into a tractor at about 60mph.

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  • FrankH - 11/04/2016 22:39

    If I'm correct on a UWC there's a phone to contact the signal centre to get clearance to cross.

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