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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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Rail Operations Group buys five Class 47s

ROG 47848 and 47812 at Eckington on June 18, with the 0515 Kilmarnock-Laira. STEVE WIDDOWSON.

Rail Operations Group has acquired five Class 47s. They are the first locomotives the company has bought outright, and they will complement Class 37/7s hired from Europhoenix.

ROG has bought the Type 4s from Riviera Trains. The locomotives (47812/815/843/847/848) are operational and could be used alongside a sixth Class 47, RAIL understands.

The first use of the ‘47s’ was on June 17-19, when 47812 and 47848 Titan Star were used to move the last rake of overhauled Great Western Railway High Speed Train Mk 3s from Wabtec Rail’s Brush Barclay at Kilmarnock to GWR’s Laira depot near Plymouth.

ROG has bought the locomotives to meet its expanding operations.

  • For more on this, read RAIL 804, published on July 6.

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