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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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Britain's hardest working train

Virgin Trains 390104 at London Euston prior to working the 2300 to Manchester Piccadilly on September 4. RICHARD CLINNICK.

Three years ago today, Richard Clinnick and Paul Bigland travelled more than 1,380 miles with Virgin Trains 390104 for a feature on Britain's hardest working train. 

Click on the link below to read the article. 
 
http://www.railmagazine.com/trains/current-trains/britain-s-hardest-working-train

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