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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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Freightliner launches 23rd Felixstowe train

Freightliner 70006 stands at Ely with an intermodal train from Felixstowe. RICHARD CLINNICK.

Freightliner launched its 23rd daily train from Felixstowe on May 31, running to South Yorkshire. The train will operate to and from the Freightliner Rail site at Doncaster once development work there is completed, but in the interim it finishes its journey from the port at DB Cargo’s site in Rotherham (operated by Newell & Wright).

“This new Freightliner service will create much needed additional rail freight capacity to meet the growing demands of customers who are looking for a faster, greener, safer and more efficient means of transporting freight over land,” said Freightliner Managing Director Adam Cunliffe.

“It is also another milestone in the Port of Felixstowe’s strategy to increase freight on rail - not only by running additional services, but by lengthening the existing trains.”

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  • BigTone - 03/06/2016 22:29

    What is the holdup with the upgrades to the Felixstowe branch?

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