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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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Eurostar’s e320s are Belgium-bound

Eurostar 374020 at St Pancras International on June 3. RICHARD CLINNICK.

Eurostar plans to start running its e320 Class 374 Velaros to Belgium in the first or second quarter of 2017.

The 16-coach trains have been running between London and Paris since November last year. Siemens has delivered nine trains to the operator, with a tenth being used for testing.

Eurostar further plans to introduce the e320s onto its new route to Amsterdam from late next year. It says that because the trains can carry around 150 more passengers than a Class 373 e300, the e320s are being used on the Paris route as that is the busiest Eurostar destination. 

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