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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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Plate stolen from Class 68 is returned

DRS 68025 arrives at Kidderminster on May 19. DARREN FORD.

The stolen builder’s plate from Direct Rail Services 68025 Superb has been returned.

The plate was stolen from the locomotive while it was stabled overnight at Bewdley on May 21. The ‘68’ was attending the Severn Valley Railway diesel festival.

An appeal was immediately launched for the return of the item, with DRS saying that its participation in future galas was being reviewed as a result of the theft.

The plate was returned anonymously in the post to SVR General Manager Nick Ralls. The SVR said in a statement: “We are very pleased and relieved that the plate has been returned safely so that it can be put back in its rightful place. Thank you to everyone that shared this matter and helped spread the word.”

 

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