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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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COVER STORY: Last-built ‘66’ unveiled by GBRf and named Evening Star

9F 92220 Evening Star and 66779 Evening Star at the National Railway Museum on May 10. JACK BOSKETT.

GB Railfreight unveiled the final ever Class 66 to be built for the UK and European markets on May 10.

In a ceremony at the National Railway Museum, 66779 was named Evening Star. It has been painted in lined express Brunswick green, in a similar style to that of the last steam locomotive built (9F 92220), which was also named Evening Star. The two locomotives were displayed together during the ceremony.

GBRf called the ceremony “an historic moment for the rail industry”, and in recognition of the success of the Class 66 (the first of which was delivered to the UK in April 1998), GBRf Managing Director John Smith offered 66779 to the NRM National Heritage Committee.

“The Class 66 locomotive is probably the most successful design to ever run on Britain’s railways, and we have decided to honour their achievements by naming the last ‘66’ to be built after British Rail’s classic 92220 Evening Star,” said Smith.

  • For more on this, read RAIL 801, published today (May 25).

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